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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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At 9:50pm on February 6, 2011, Tara Haelle said…

Hey there! Thanks for approving me! :)

I found out about you from Jennifer Galvin, the doc director of Free Swim. I don't actually know Jennifer personally; she was introduced to me via email by Céline Cousteau, whom I do know. Céline passed along to her a video I recently made about the value of infant swim lessons. It's a short 4-minute video which includes footage of my childhood near-drowning and which I'm hoping many parents will see so they'll put their children in lessons.

Here's the YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdLiiwFNyiI

And the Vimeo link: http://vimeo.com/19619511

At 9:28pm on February 6, 2011, Nicole Franklin said…
Google search!  It really wotks.  I am writting some small grants and I would love to partnership.  I am sure you get many request, but I am willing to put in the work of writting the grants.  What are your thoughts?
At 4:31pm on February 1, 2011, Ray Willie said…
Jayson.  My name is Ray Willie I am the Diversity chair for metropolitan swimming.  On April 3rd I am hosting a clinic for NYC aquatics program.  I was wondering if you could help me I really want to make this a special event for the kids. I have 50 coaches attending and about 100 swimmers.  I am working on getting.  You can email me at sweem@optonline.net
At 2:53pm on January 26, 2011, Wanda W. Bush said…
I just goggled in NORD aquatic jets and your site was one of the choices. my 12 year old daughter is a competetive swimmer who's looking to get more serious and we are thinking about letting her join the NORD jets.
At 10:15pm on January 25, 2011, E J Jolivet said…
I'm a volunteer researching content for an article. I volunteer at a community center in Houston, Tx, that is trying to raise awareness about how many African American children are drowning each year.

I'm glad to be on board around others who are trying to shine a little light on a most worthy cause.
At 10:09am on January 25, 2011, Andrew Murray said…

Jayson, Thanks for the welcome to the site. I have recently participated in a swim coaches clinic in Boston that featured Shaun Anderson as 1 of the presenters. He encouraged all in attendance to join the site.

I am a swim coach & instructor in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood as well as a member of the New England Swimming Inclusion/Diversity Committee.

The site's goals are excellent & I look forward to learning a lot here & helping if I can. I have already sent an email to the Oprah show & hope that initiative is successful.

At 8:16am on January 25, 2011, Michael Wright said…
Im going to post a new blog tonight, but I did good. I took a first and second place finish in my two events.
At 5:33pm on January 22, 2011, Michael said…

I am writing an article for publication on Swimming -- Developing a culture of trust in teaching beginning swimmers and was searching the web and located the website diversity in aquatics.  Started browsing Mr. Duplessis blog Can AA swim well enough... Read through most of the blogs and this being a hot button issue for me decided I needed to come here. 

Similar to most of the posts, I too am a man of color (AA) who had the benefit of learning to swim at a young age.  More by sink or swim (8 years old, at a military pool in NJ), but really developed a love for the water. 


I am really interested in busting the bubble on the NOTION that Black Folks can't swim!


In addition to the article I am writing for class, I am interested in partnering with a colleague to do something related to swimming experiences of those of color as she is Latina/Hispanic and also a swimmer.   The blog and site are real exciting to know there are other people of color out there who share a love of the water and swim regularly.

Very pleasing and exciting and with the conversations that I have read, give me some ideas for study ideas. 

At 11:27am on January 13, 2011, Eve Costello said…

Yes I would love to let me knwo what time and day is good for you.

Thanks looking forward to working with you, Eve

At 11:19am on January 13, 2011, Eve Costello said…
I heard from a friend and is very interested in holding a camp in my area.

I am an ASCA Swim Coach, Certified Aquatic Exercise Instructor, and avid bicycle racer, and run on a daily basis. I own my own learn to swim business and swim team, and provide aquatic fitness programs to 2 park districts in underserved communities, which match the groups you indicate. I would love to discuss an idea I have to run a camp in three communities this summer on South suburbs of Chicago and am willing to work and raise the necessary funds to make this happen.

At 10:09pm on January 11, 2011, Lydia Boddie-Rice said…

Thank you. Visit our Web site www.ccminorityrowing.com


We are hosting the 1st America Rows Diversity Invitational in July in Rochester, NY. More to come!!

At 4:57pm on January 7, 2011, Jeannie Brown Johnson said…
From Solomon Robinson.  We used to swim together many moons ago with the Sea Devils & I ran into him over the summer and then a couple of weeks ago @ Takoma.
At 3:01pm on January 6, 2011, Kathryn (Finch) Winn said…
yesterday at the Broward County Drowning Prevetnion Task Force meeting...
At 2:55pm on January 6, 2011, Sue Nelson said…


The best thing you could do is to send out to anyone and everyone who would be interested in Drowning Prevention. 


At 2:46pm on January 6, 2011, Sue Nelson said…


Shaun ask me to post the information about the 10th Annual Drowning Prevention Symposium. give me a call if you have any questions.

Sue Nelson

At 11:43am on January 3, 2011, Jasmine-Nichole' Anderson said…
Thanks. you too!! (btw I'm shaun's cousin)
At 1:33pm on December 29, 2010, Rob M. Green said…

Hey Jason,

I was wondering if we could post the meet announcement for the 25th Black History Meet on the diversity in aquatics website.   I see that the information from the previous years meet is on here.  Anyway we can get this year's info on there?  Thanks!



At 12:44pm on December 24, 2010, Sharon E. Davis said…
Hi Jayson, Thanks for responding...I hear about you all from Capt'n Paul yesterday.  The National Resource Center for Racial Healing is headquartered in Battle Creek, MI....the resting place of Sojourner Truth.  We're exploring programs for ethnic threads including the topic of African-Americans and water sports, and how to increase the numbers...Thanks for the work you're doing...Sharon  PS. I'm an ex water safety instructor and life guard, now sailing is my thing....
At 7:30pm on December 21, 2010, Tracy Ulieme said…

Hi Jayson,

 I was able to change my information. Thanks Jayson for all your help.

Tracy Ulieme



At 10:30pm on December 15, 2010, Anpeo Carpenter said…

i saw Regina Mobley of WVEC-TV on here. i was just browsing when i came across this. just wanted to make some friends here by networking.

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