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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

http://www.foxsports.com/video?vid=396080195760

March 2011 Blog Posts (25)

Black Folks in Water Should not be like Cats!

 

 

My husband gave our cat her first bath last night. He had to gently talk her out of climbing out of the tub and bolting for the nearest corner.

He also had to hold her firmly, and cut her nails beforehand.

The cat cried pitifully the whole time anyway, and desperately tried to escape the whole time.

She reminded me of black folks and water. I could see her rationalizing in her little cat brain how she’s a cat! And they don’t do water, and it works for…

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Added by Angela Gray on March 31, 2011 at 9:38pm — 1 Comment


Board Member
San Diego- AAPAR- National Council for Aquatic Professionals

Just left the business meeting for AAPAR - National Council for Aquatic Professionals.  It felt good to see DAP member Dr. E. Newton Jackson leading the way as the Chairman of this National Council.  Today at the helm Dr. Jackson stressed the importance of the council embracing all aquatic activities.  A message which was well received by all at the meeting.  I echo his remarks in our efforts to curve the… Continue

Added by Shaun Anderson on March 31, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments


Board Member
DAP Mixer @ NOBU

In the San Diego area and want to talk DAP?  Join me and other DAP members tonight at NOBU, San Diego -207 5th Avenue ~5PM~NOBU


Added by Shaun Anderson on March 30, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Assimilation Theory: Can Assimilation Theory get more African Americans involved in Aquatics?

I was thinking about this topic while driving to work and listening to an interview on the radio. Do not get upset. Assimilation Theory is not as bad as it sounds for now. It is much like celebirty endorsement. For example, If someone hear's that a famous olympic swimmer is African American it should give them pride and show that it can be done. In that they should decide to participate for fun or for competition, if not a little bit of both. How many African Americans started golfing because… Continue

Added by Robeson White on March 30, 2011 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments


Board Member
San Diego - AAHPERD

In San Diego at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) 2011 National Convention.   Yesterday I attended a presentation featuring DAP member Dr. Angela Beale entitled "Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility".  In listening to the presentation it sparked the following thought: If you are involved with aquatics in any way, shape or form and are aware that over 1,000 people drown everyday then you instantly have a social…

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Added by Shaun Anderson on March 30, 2011 at 6:06am — 2 Comments

Congrats to Swim Strong's Shawn Slevin

In celebration of Women's History month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Commission on Women's Issues honored Swim Strong's founder, Shawn Slevin, for her work in making NYC a better place to live.

Swim Strong Foundation makes swimming affordable and accessible to families. Last year 383 children participated in programs that both saved and changed their lives.…

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Added by Jayson Jackson on March 29, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments


Board Member
Philly Philly

Hung out in Philly with legendary coach Jim Ellis last week.  So much history, knowledge and insight!  The Kroc center is the home for his new pool.  It has tons of potential, and Jim plans on steering it down his familiar path of success!

Added by Shaun Anderson on March 29, 2011 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Bombing Championships going World-Wide soon

http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/western-leader/4805315/Bombing-champs-make-a-splash

 

Bombing, in this case, is an aquatics activity, much like diving, but for the splash effect. Dudes in New Zealand are trying to build up the sport there and want to take it world-wide in the future.

 

We should have some national qualification meets and build to…

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Added by Mark Rauterkus on March 27, 2011 at 5:31pm — No Comments

Buick Human Highlight Film got Cullen Jones in 3 min clip

http://ncaa.com/buick/#page=home&video=830460692001

 

You might need to go to that site to view the clip. Very powerful. Well done. (Make A Splash).

 

 

Added by Mark Rauterkus on March 25, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Congrats to Charles Lumpkin on Joining the Atlantica Expedition

Press Release from the Atlantica Expedition:

 

63 YEAR OLD RETIRED TEACHER, HALL OF FAME SCUBA DIVER, &CURRENT NAUI INSTRUCTOR JOINS ATLANTICA EXPEDITION SET TOBREAK WORLD RECORD!



Educator, environmentalist and philanthropist Charles Lumpkin Jr. is appointed to therevolving crew set to man the Atlantica Expeditions first undersea colony for 90…

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Added by Jayson Jackson on March 24, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Free Swim: Teaching Bahamians How to Float

From TakePart.com, by Jon Bowermaster:

Floating is a learned art for people born in the Bahamas. (Photo courtesy of Jen Galvin)

Floating is a learned art for people born in the Bahamas. (Photo courtesy of Jen Galvin)

Eleuthera, Bahamas—Named after the Greek word for “freedom,” Eleuthera is 110 miles long and just a mile at its widest. To the east is the occasionally wild…

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Added by Jayson Jackson on March 23, 2011 at 12:34pm — 2 Comments

Let's be ants!

There is wide-spread agreement on the “ideal” ways to keep kids safe in the water.  Constant supervision.  Gradual, positive and repetitive exposure to water and swimming  over a long period of time to gain skill and confidence.  Teach all kids to swim.  Keep them away from water hazards.  Ensure appropriate…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on March 23, 2011 at 10:54am — No Comments

What makes a successful coach?

I was thinking about this topic at work today. I often wondered what makes people like Joe Paterno, Geno Auriemma, Jim Stein, Todd Bozeman, David Marsh and Mike Krzykzewski great coaches. The easy answer is winning. However, its not just winning. If we say its only communication we over look just how important it is to actually do the right thing. A person can commuincate very well and be loved universally, however, if they have the wrong ideas regarding their sport they will lose. Finally,…

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Added by Robeson White on March 22, 2011 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

Toy or Training Tool?

 

We need more innovative thinkers and more creative solutions if children are going to stop drowning.

 

Take a look at SwimFin - invented by Kevin Moseley in the UK.  Doesn’t it look like fun?  Definitely like something a kid would want to wear.  Which led me to…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on March 21, 2011 at 11:47am — No Comments

Learning to Swim Battles Crippling Fear

I just saw a video of Cullen Jones on the Today Show. A few things stood out to me. One was how far Black History Month has slipped down on my priority list.

I’m pretty sure I dredged up as much black swimming history as I could last year, and posted just about every day in February.

This year, I’ve been focusing on other things. I haven’t meant to neglect the blog, but it has…

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Added by Angela Gray on March 18, 2011 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Reason 501 I'm Glad I Homeschool

A Brooklyn teacher is about to get a tough lesson in the power of social media. After making a callous remark on her cell phone about a beach field trip that had resulted in a student’s death, her friend took the discussion to Facebook.

When her friend asked the teacher if she wouldn’t throw a life-jacket, she responded, “No. I wouldn’t for a million dollars.”

During her phone conversation, the teacher also commented, “I hate their guts!”

The Facebook remark was copied and… Continue

Added by Angela Gray on March 15, 2011 at 9:44pm — 3 Comments

Autistic kids crave water!

Water is a magnet for all children.  It is fun.  It is soothing.  Water is the ultimate, non-threatening hug.  As an adult, what is your reaction when you sink into a hot bath?  Or sip a cool glass of water on a hot day?   Aaaaaahhhhhhh.  Exactly.  Now magnify that attraction and that reaction by 100 and you’ll know exactly what an autistic child feels like when…

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Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on March 9, 2011 at 10:45am — 2 Comments

Swim and Water Polo Camp -- Implementation Plan

This is a longer document that covers a pending Swim and Water Polo Camp that we'll be running in Pittsburgh for Pittsburgh Public Schools in July and August 2011. It goes 5 weeks and is offered at a city high school for kids that are going into middle school grades (6th, 7th and 8th graders).

 

Feedback welcomed here.

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Added by Mark Rauterkus on March 7, 2011 at 2:59pm — 2 Comments

Anyone here going to PIAA Swim Meet -- PA State Championships

Hi Swim Friends,

 

Anyone else going to the PIAA Swim Meet (PA High School States)? Would be fun to meet there. Let me know: Mark -at- Rauterkus -dot- com.

 

Best of luck to your tapers and spring break periods.

 

Coach Mark

Added by Mark Rauterkus on March 7, 2011 at 2:57pm — 1 Comment

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