I followed a link on LinkedIn. I thought I posted something earlier in discussions, but maybe not. I am a 30 year old female, and have worked in the aquatics industry for a little more than three years now. I am located in Rockingham, NC, and recently have been trying to incoporate a program to offer subsidized swim lessons to minorities in my community-particularly African-American and Native Americans. I have experienced some trouble, since rules prohibit grant funding unless I obtain 501c3 status. So, I've been trying to navigate the labyrinth that is the IRS, but was wondering if you guys blanket other organizations. I am a member of Professional Swim Coaches, a group on LinkedIn, and apparently, so is someone working in your organization. I followed their thread, and found this website.
Hi Jason! My daughter is a member of DC Wave Swim Team. Initially heard about you guys via facebook but again via the Black History meet in Feb. and Black heritage meet this weekend. Thanks for the add!
Workshop was AWESOME! Thanks for asking. Had about 40 people come out to support, learn & have fun. Hadn't been to ATL in a long time. It's so beautiful,. and I hope we'll be invited back soon to present another workshop.
Hello Jayson. I was invited to join by Roland White via Facebook. Your organization also reached out to my father, Dr. Carey Hughley to highlight his career as a swimming coach at Hampton Institute (now University) and his involvement with USA Swimming as an official. You all have a great mission here so keep up the good work! This a public health issue after my own heart.
Thanks for the welcome! I would love to speak with you and Shaun Anderson regarding your work with the Diversity in Aquatics website and community efforts. I will be writing a column for Aquatics International and would love to include information about the work you're doing to diversify the Aquatics industry! Please let me know the best way to get in touch with you and/or Shaun. I am planning to stop by the Deanwood event to check it out. Thanks!
Hi Jayson. thanks for the welcome. I found out about Diversity in Aquatics from a google search. I liked the concept very much. I love going to the beach here in Sarasota, and I love going boating as well. I also love aquatic animal life. So here I am. Thank you again for welcoming me.
I'm writing for advice! I recently joined Diversity in Aquatics primarily because I work for an Erie Canal passenger boat company in Rochester, New York. One of our boats operates in the City. We take about 2400 urban 4th graders out on education cruises each year. We find that most of the young people and their families cannot swim and are very afraid to be near the water. Each child wears a life jacket during the education cruise, and that helps a great deal to alleviate their fears. However, I'm thinking there is more we could do, and that's where I'm hoping you could help! Any suggestions you have a welcome and appreciated. Also, if there are Diversity in Aquatics members in the Rochester area who might be willing to volunteer for the education cruises in late May and early June, that would be great. How would I issue such an invitation?
Secondly, we are going to be having our 20th anniversary celebration on July 13. We will have a small boat flotilla to our downtown dock, followed by free family activities. We would love to attract city families, however, because of the fear of the water (the Erie Canal and Genesee River Extension are completely open and unfenced), many families are afraid to participate. Do you have any suggestions on how we could raise their comfort level? Also, if there were volunteers from Diversity in Aquatics available that day, perhaps they could set up a table with information and talk with young people and families about learning to swim, etc. We would be happy to advertise this through the media and neighborhood associations.
Thank you in advance for any help you can give. I look forward to hearing from you at your convenience!
look....I am just an old guy who has tried to keep up with the new media. You are standing in the room and living the new media,,,,,,,,I jsut don't think many of these folks get that. You are creating now. I think they need to let go and let people create, The one thing I know about new media is no one has any idea where it ends, I have my fins in the water and in the community but you have your finger on the pulse.
Sure! Perhaps we should speak in real time - I have water-based strategies for addressing all of the minority health struggles: Obesity/diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma/COPD, chronic pain and back and knee pain/injuries - these are all things that we can improve by becoming more comfortable in water. Also, I have training in social justice issues, so these strategies have the added benefit of helping with anger and stress management, something particularly related to chronic disease in minorities and underserved populations. This is not about aquaerobics or some such, it's about learning to swim and adapting speed techniques for health.
I have a video I'm trying to produce about why blacks don't swim, what they have already and have to lose, ways to reduce/manage barriers, modify techniques, etc. Would like to partner with others having same concerns. I practice medicine and have specific and very helpful info to help in that process. You can contact me on facebook