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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


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2016 Annual Convention!

We are excited to invite you to the 2018 Diversity in Aquatics Convention held April 20-23rd in Miami, Florida. Come and join us to make a change in aquatics by participating in our convention which is empowering communities and…

Added by Diversity In Aquatics on March 28, 2018 at 9:52pm — No Comments

Coaching While Black

I recently was in a discussion with a white colleague talking about the importance of diversity in swimming. As I began to tell this person about some of the programs I recently found out about, this individual remarked, "What's the point?" I was truly thrown back by this remark because out of all people, I was not expecting this coach to say this. So my questions for you are: 1) How have you handled such response? Especially when it is from someone who you thought "gets it". 2) What…


Added by Tiffany Monique Quash on February 13, 2015 at 6:50pm — 1 Comment

Classroom Under the Sea Record Broken - DAP Member Charlie Lumpkin

During the past year, DAP through Charlie Lumpkin has helped to support - Classroom Under The Sea. Check out the Coverage from Channel 4 Miami - Classroom Under The Sea "Sea with DAP member Charlie Lumpkin…


Added by Miriam S Lynch on December 23, 2014 at 2:11pm — 1 Comment

Check out the Howard University Swim Team

The 2014-2015 Howard University Swimming and Diving program is off to a Historical start.  Having participated in several meets this Fall and looking to finish the season in record fashion this Winter, the teams has increased its strength in numbers and quality.  The team is still in need of major support.  Being the only Co-ed Division 1 HBCU in the Nation, the Bison provide a dynamic value to the …


Added by Miriam S Lynch on December 18, 2014 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

When do you stop noticing colors and nationalities, etc?


March 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm

That’s all good but when does it stop? When do you stop noticing colors and nationalities, etc? I am thrilled that my niece and nephews who have a mother who is of Asian descent and a…


Added by Rhonda Marable on October 2, 2014 at 6:48pm — 1 Comment

Congratulations to Professor Jane Katz (2014 DAP Convention Presenter)

Congratulations to Professor Jane Katz, who was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for her 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. She will present a Synchro event called "A Synchro Swimming Celebration" on Sunday at the 2014 Convention. To learn more about her and read the full article, “Crawling with Master Swim Instructor Jane…


Added by Miriam S Lynch on July 23, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Making Waves

Congratulations to James Jones for being selected to the Washington Post All Met 1st Team for winning the 50 and 100 Free at the 2014 VA 6A Championships and Regional Championships. James later went on to win the 50 free at 19.99 at NCSA in Orlando, FL. http://www.washingtonpost.com/2014-winter-allmet/…


Added by Miriam S Lynch on April 9, 2014 at 9:51am — No Comments

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Giles Smith - 2014 Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Giles Smith is the man!  A two-time NCAA champion with a 3.46 GPA.

This week he became the 2014 Pac-12 Men’s Swimming Scholar-Athlete of the Year.  Adding to his many accomplishments.  Check out the video here!

Added by Shaun Anderson on March 12, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

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LA Diversity Roundtable 12/12/12

If you're in the Los Angeles area please join me for an informal Diversity Roundtable!

Frankie & Johnnie's NY Pizza,
534 Washington Boulevard, Marina del Rey, CA

Wednesday December 12, 2012 @ 8:30PM

Please RSVP to:  shaun@diversityinaquatics.org

Added by Shaun Anderson on December 11, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Ahh! The faces of the future are available on Shutterfly!

All 2012 Diversity Invitational photos taken by official USRowing/America Rows photographer, Ken Pamatat/Creative Images Photography, are posted on Shutterfly via the following links.

Site Name: 2012 US Rowing Diversity Races

Site URL: http://2012usrowingdiversityraces.shutterfly.com/

Site Email Address:…


Added by Lydia Boddie-Rice on August 28, 2012 at 12:40pm — 1 Comment

Drowning, the Silent Epidemic

From the Washington Post, By Editorial Board:

IN AN AGE of ethnic conflict, fatal disease and chronic malnutrition, it seems strange to stumble across figures such as this: 388,000 people die every year from drowning, according to the World…


Added by DAP News on July 14, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

(Draft) Introduction for Pittsburgh Public Schools -- an effort to increase aquatics by a factor of ten.

In the wake of:

a recent Citiparks Aquatics Division audit by City Controller Michael Lamb, as well as

my participation with the PPS Athletic Reform Task Force, and

the merger of some PPS high school sports teams to the WPIAL, and

the 2012 arrival of additional, terrible, institutional roadblocks at PPS,

it is prudent push all involved to 'think again' about aquatics. An overhaul of aquatics with the city, PPS and others is past due, especially in…


Added by Mark Rauterkus on June 10, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Swim lessons help minority children break cycle

From CNN.com, by Lan Trinh:

Wanda Butts dropped the phone and screamed when she heard the news that her son was dead.

Josh had drowned while rafting on a lake with friends. The 16-year-old didn't know how to swim, and he wasn't wearing a life jacket.

"I couldn't believe it, I didn't want to believe it: that just like that, my son had drowned and he was…


Added by DAP News on May 11, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Phillips Community Center Pool: Sometimes miracles do happen

From TCDailyPlanet.net, by Sheila Regan:

One of the neat things about following the same story over a matter of years is that you get to find out what happens. I’ve been writing for the Daily Planet since 2008, and over that time, I’ve covered all sorts of different topics. Sometimes there will be an issue that I write a number of articles about, and then it will pop back up again a year or…


Added by DAP News on June 6, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Programs that work.

Measurable results.  Sustainable results.  Analysis.  Cost-benefit analysis.

These aren’t just buzzwords.  These are the criteria that all drowning prevention programs should be measured against.

I was thrilled to read the just-published…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on May 23, 2012 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Update on Global Initiatives

I’ve highlighted several initiatives in the past few months.  Time for an update.

1.  Petition to the United Nations:  Add Drowning to Millennium Development Goal #4, Reduce…


Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on May 9, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

2012 USRowing/America Rows Diversity Invitational Planning Underway

Good intentions. I try to keep up with all of my blogs and social media to share information about rowing. It takes away from actually doing the behind the scenes work to make it all happen. This is the latest news from USRowing:

Anita DeFrantz is named Honorary Chair of America Rows


Added by Lydia Boddie-Rice on April 29, 2012 at 8:15am — No Comments

Black Swimming History Explored During International Aquatic History Symposium and Film Festival

Who could imagine today that before the Civil War, Blacks and Native Americans were universally regarded as the best swimmers in the world, while most Whites could not swim and drowned in appalling numbers? The history of Black swimming is one of the topics explored in detail at the International Aquatic History Symposium and Film Festival, May 9 – 12, at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, in Fort Lauderdale. From the first European encounter…


Added by DAP News on April 28, 2012 at 1:02am — No Comments

Board Member
Three things in Boston this week-

1) Novice Swimmers Coaching Clinic for Boston Parks & Rec with Miriam Lynch on Thursday, March 15, 2012

2) AAHPERD Convention -Council of Aquatic Professionals presentations and meetings (ongoing)

3) New England Swimming / AAHPERD -  water safety event Saturday,  March 17, 2012

-All AAHPERD  members attending this year's convention are welcome to come sit in at all…


Added by Shaun Anderson on March 15, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

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