Water has always been a part of my life in that it has symbolized survival, family and considerable joy. I made sure that my children swam at a very young age. My father as a teacher ran the local recreation pool during the summer until during integration,they closed the city pools. We had diving shows, water pageants complete with bathing suit contest. It was glorious. the city fathers decided to close all the pools(Albany, Ga) rather than integrate. We would also go to Panama City, Fla and snorkel with the best of them. It started my lust to dive and literally get deeper. Additionally, we would visit my uncle in Miami where he had retired young and gone fishing for the rest of his life. He introduced us to his boats and the Seminole nation who would allow him to go into the swamp and fish. Air boats and Small craft became a part of vacation bliss. I was a Boy Scout and received all the aquatic merit badges including canoeing.. Most of my friends were on the Albany State and FAMU swim teams and I would practice with them. I was a Jr. lifeguard and later became a Water Safety Instructor and certified SCUBA diver.My 3 children all are swimmers and swam competitively. I coached at the local Boys Club and taught Adult Swimming. I was the high school swim coach. I presently belong to AUE. I am widely traveled and dive as often as possible.