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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.

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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

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Arthur Andrew Lopez
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Education Level
Swimming Level
Yes - Competitive Level
Aquatic Interest
Competitive Swimming, Other
Aquatics Occupation
Competitive Coach, Owner, Other
Aquatic Membership Affiliation(s):
American Red Cross, USA Swimming
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Executive Director and Head Coach Nadar Por Vida, Inc.
Clinical Professor of Business Law and Ethics, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Bloomington

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"My dad's escape decision was in many way was driven by his lack of swimming…"

Posted on May 2, 2011 at 7:55pm 0 Comments

A really nice person from HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel contacted a while ago us about a story they were working on. They had come across the recent research and were appalled by the raw numbers reflecting the drowning rate of Blacks and Hispanics. We often get calls from media folks who are pursuing their stories. We welcome these calls and always hope that they will come see our program, our kids, our families, our volunteers, their families, our coaches and our community.…


Not everyone will learn to swim.

Posted on May 2, 2011 at 7:18pm 0 Comments

 Not everyone will graduate from high school or go to college.  Not everyone will want to become a competitive swimmer.   So what is the point? 


Some will.


I believe in the dignity of giving of oneself to make things better.  If I can improve a stroke, or save a life from drowning, or show a newly arrived family a little about my…


Truth, Respect and Swimming

Posted on May 2, 2011 at 7:13pm 2 Comments

I grew up as a first generation Mexican-American raised solidly in the American dream. My father became a citizen during WWII where he served on PT Boat 129. (President Kennedy's PT boat was 109). What I hope to bring to swimming is truth..my truths. For my experience and truth is truly all I have to share.

But what has this to do with swimming?

My father taught me that respect was the basis for all we do. When my swimmer's come on deck, before they touch the water, they… Continue

We don’t play basketball in street shoes so why do we permit them to swim without proper equipment?

Posted on May 2, 2011 at 7:04pm 0 Comments

But Coach if you're worried about saving lives, what does it matter what they wear?

If Nadar Por Vida was just about swim lessons then I would recommend the YMCA or the local park district because they are certified swim instructors, I am not.  Other programs whose goal may…


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At 6:43pm on August 14, 2013, Leslie A. Paul said…

Thanks so much!  It was good to meet you  - I can't wait until I can get up there to visit your program.  It' probably won't be until the first of the year but hopefully it will be sooner.


At 3:30pm on April 9, 2012,
Board Member
Shaun Anderson

Arthur -  Thanks for letting me stop in last weekend.  As always great kids & awesome program!  Good to see that you are still getting it done and making a difference as you say “Affecting lives one bubble at a time”

At 6:05pm on May 11, 2011, Jayson Jackson said…
Thanks for the kind words on the call today. I really appreciate it.
At 11:24am on May 5, 2011, Alison Terry said…
Are you hiring or looking for volunteers for Nadar Por Vida?  You can post them on my site for free!
At 11:24am on May 5, 2011, Alison Terry said…

Baby is soooo good!  Her name is Malia and she is beautiful!!! How is your girl?


I started a new business http://aquaticjobsnetwork.com.  Would you be willing to add a link or include an RSS feed to your website?

At 9:01pm on February 24, 2010, Arthur Andrew Lopez said…
Sorry to sound so 60"s Right On! Bet you have not heard that for awhile!
At 8:54pm on February 24, 2010, John Cruzat said…
Thanks so much Arthur; I'm hanging in there. This will be your legacy as well! It never would've happened without your support and leadership. We have to press on together inspite of the obstacles. ;-)

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