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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



Scuba Council

Council Chair(s): Gerard A. Smith

Creator: Rick Powell Sr. (Co-Founder of NABS)

Purpose: To connect individuals and groups who currently participate or are interested in scuba.

To share "best practices," especially as they relate to efforts to provide access to groups traditionally underrepresented in the sport.

For anyone interested in information, tips, resources, questions, and/or curiosity within the world of scuba, please contact Gerard A. Smith

Members: 47
Latest Activity: Jul 29, 2020

Discussion Forum

Aquapods and Fish Farming:

Started by Robert L. Weaver May 17, 2009. 0 Replies

YMCA no longer teaching Scuba. How's that affecting you?

Started by Robert L. Weaver. Last reply by Robert L. Weaver Mar 12, 2009. 4 Replies

Memories and Experiences while Diving.

Started by Ric Powell. Last reply by ERROL DUPLESSIS Feb 27, 2009. 6 Replies

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Comment by Regina Mobley on April 9, 2009 at 9:29pm
Thanks for the shout out!
Comment by Ric Powell on April 9, 2009 at 8:03pm
Upon returning from a trip to the "Tidewater Area" of Virginia, where I had the opportunity to partake in the 5th annual "April Pools' Day" event, an aquatic
safety workshop, under the direction of Shaun Anderson, Aquatics Director
and Professor at Norfolk State University, I read that Ken Stewart, TAP Founder
and Executive Director and Ms. Kim Yarbrough, Southern Representative for the
National Association of Black Scuba Divers, Inc. recently experienced a wonderful and exciting expedition to South Africa, where they had the opportunity to SCUBA Dive and go on a Safari in the "Motherland." As Ken is a
member of the DAP Network and several of its Affiliated Groups, hopefully we
can get him to share some of his photos and experiences in South Africa.

The "April Pools' Day" event was excellent and well planned. Most areas of
Aquatics were represented with professionals in Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking,
Competitive Swimming, Recreational Swimming, Life Saving & Rescue, water
Aerobics,SCUBA diving, and Snorkeling. All Presentations and Demonstrations
emphasized Safety and Safe Practices. At the SCUBA diving station, I had the
pleasure of working with Errol Duplessis, CEO of Lake Rawlings Dive Resort,
Clifton Hicks, president of the "Black Dolphin Divers" of Richmond, Va. and
"Jerry," former NAUI Regional Representative, and graduate of the U.S. Naval
Academy in Annapolis, MD. Also in attendance was Regina Mobley, TV News
Commentator, who is on the verge of completing her Open Water Scuba Certification. This networking experience also provided me with the opportunity
to meet and greet Jayson Jackson, Creator of the DAP Network, Wanda Butts,
Founder & Executive director of the "Josh Project" and "FLOAT." and others.

Ric Powell
Comment by Kenneth STEWART on April 6, 2009 at 7:12pm
Greetings Robert: The trip was fantastic, i will down load some video to the site. How many people you know , can say they went on a safari in the morning and scuba diving in the afternoon. Great trip. Ken
Comment by Robert L. Weaver on April 6, 2009 at 5:52pm
Hey Ken,

Heard that you and Kim recently went down to South Africa to do a little diving and some Safari adventure. Tell us a little about it. If you have some pictures I'm sure a bunch of us would love to see em.
Comment by Robert L. Weaver on March 22, 2009 at 2:22pm
I believe you are right Ric. Scuba is only one of the interests of folks that are on the site. Remember that before we were divers most of us were swimmers or boaters or surfers or something else to do with Aquatics. So I think that the "Diversity" comes from the wide diaspora that is Aquatics.

Comment by Ric Powell on March 12, 2009 at 11:58pm
Thank you for your comments of concern! However, at this time, I do feel that they're somewhat premature. Personally, with the posting of other affiliated dive
groups, I don't see or anticipate any conflict of interest or duplication of purpose.
As far as "DAP" is concern, it is my understanding that this network was established to create an open forum to discuss and practice safety in and around the Aquatic Environment, with emphasis on the youth and their developmental skills. If we are all on the same page, then the more, the merrier!
This is what I believe to be the Focuse and Mission of DAP.

Thanks for your comments of Concern!
Comment by ERROL DUPLESSIS on March 12, 2009 at 4:27pm
This should be the portal for all to join if interested in scuba. I noted there is one dive club already registered in the "Group" section, and may give a reason for every dive club in America to join DAP and put their club in this section. If someone wants to list a diving event, no problem, the individual member can list it. Careful DAP, stay focused on your mission!
Comment by Karen on March 11, 2009 at 8:10pm
Nice job Corey!!!! See you at BTS
Comment by Corey Joyner on February 4, 2009 at 11:18pm
Thanks to all of you who sent well wishes on my winning the AVSC Diver of the Year Award. But I am still learning how to use this site and cannot find where the posting of the announcement is. Can someone enlighten me? Corey
Comment by Nesher on February 4, 2009 at 11:32am
Hello fellow divers....Thanks for the invite Ric

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