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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.…

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Regina Mobley
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Second convention

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thaddeus Gamory Oct 29, 2013. 3 Replies

Teen Paralyzed After Diving Accident

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Recreational Swimming, Swim Lessons, Scuba, Rowing
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I am a news anchor at WVEC-TV in Norfolk, Virginia. I learned to swim in September of 2007 at the age of 46, with the help of Leslie Paul of Virginia Beach, Virginia. I met Leslie in the summer of 2007 while producing a story on her outreach program called R.A.P.S or Really Awesome People Swimming. RAPS is an outreach program aimed at teaching minority children how to swim. My journey was chronicled on video tape and presented to my audience in November of 2007. The feedback from the audience was tremendous as I heard from people across the country who saw my story and have decided to learn this life saving skill. I am now a volunteer with RAPS, helping spread to the word about the urgent need bring to an end to the horrifying statistics that show a disproportionate number of minitory children die from drowning each year.
Swimming has been terrific hobby for me as it has allowed me to stay fit, without injuries.

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From NYTIMES:" Swimming Without a Suit"

Posted on April 22, 2009 at 8:36pm 0 Comments

Good op-ed

Gotta get back in the water!

Posted on April 14, 2009 at 9:34pm 0 Comments

Haven't been in pool all week. Will head out tomorrow!

Swimming for a Great Cause

Posted on July 6, 2008 at 11:34pm 0 Comments

One year ago I could not swim two yards. Today I completed two miles as part of a fundraiser for The American Red Cross. My swim buddies Leslie and Brandon knocked out four miles as part of the effort to raise money for the April Pools Day event hosted by Shaun Anderson of Norfolk State University. Shaun had a terrific event earlier this year where I had the pleasure of meeting Wanda Jean Butts, founder of the Josh Project. I hope you will check out Wanda's post to learn more about her mission.

Nine miles to go

Posted on April 24, 2008 at 9:51pm 3 Comments

Leslie encouraged me to work on logging my first 50 miles. I have about nine miles to go. Hope to finish in..let's say 10-15 days.

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At 8:05pm on August 12, 2013, Arthur Andrew Lopez said…
Really great meeting you....it was so inspiring to see so many talented professionals who continue to reach out to the community to make a difference. The energy in the room was amazing and your contributions so appreciated. Thank you. Arthur
At 1:20pm on August 12, 2013, Charles Lumpkin said…

I saw the NYT article, thanks.  Charlie Lumpkin

At 10:38am on August 12, 2013, Kenneth Roland said…

Hi Regina,

It was wonderful meeting you at the Convention. I look forward to a long and positive friendship to reach the goals of the Water Safety Gospel!



At 10:35am on August 12, 2013, Thaddeus Gamory said…

Hi Regina,

It was great meeting you and learning from your wealth of knowledge and experience about promoting good causes by creating relationships with the media.  Your example of courage and determination to enter the ranks of black folks who swim, is inspirational and proof that the benefits of learning to swim and becoming aquatic competent, can be gained at any point in ones life.  Thank you for using yourself as a public example to help others know that they can learn to swim as well.


At 12:10pm on August 11, 2013, Charles Lumpkin said…


Good to see  at the DAP convention.  Charlie Lumpkin  

At 11:57am on September 17, 2009, ERROL DUPLESSIS said…
Hi Regina,

Have not heard from you in a while. Sorry we missed you at Lake Rawlings. We are doing a special activity at Lake Rawlings the weekend of Oct. 23-25, 2009. Divers Unlimited International (DUI) sponsors the world's largest demo of drysuit diving at various venues around the country, and we are one spoke in the wheel. It is called DUI D.O.G. Dive Rally & Demo Days. Lynnhaven Dive Center is one of the major dive shops hooked up with this activity. As I recall, it has never been reported on TV at any time, so this may be an opportunity for you to get a "fun" scoop about inland scuba diving in a rural setting. We expect about 200-300 divers to participate this year, and they will come ffrom all over the mid-Atlantic area. I will organize this as an event on DAP's site soon. Take care, talk to you soon.
At 8:22pm on May 28, 2009, ERROL DUPLESSIS said…
OK, I am at Lake Rawlings most weekends. Our BOD is meeting on Saturday, June 27, 2009 @ 10:00 a.m. My entire family will also be there. If you want to see what we are all about, circle your calendar and come on down. Diving is on the house if you are certified by then.
At 2:20pm on May 26, 2009, ERROL DUPLESSIS said…
Hi Regina,
I re-read with greater interest about your posting John Cruzat's comments and Wanda Butts, story about their experiences why on Black folks do not swim. John was on point when he mentioned that this phenomena results from Blacks simply not knowing how to swim, and not the result of negative stereotypes still believed by White folks and Black folks alike. I personally believe that the number of Black folks who cannot swim is unbelievably high, perhaps higher than the 58% mentioned in Cruzat's comment. When I taught swimming at Hampton University, I noted that less than 18% of the student body participated in swimming class, and of this number, more than half took beginner swimming classes. Does this mean that the other 82% could swim, maybe could swim, or maybe could not swim at all? I believe true statistics to measure who can swim among Black folks do not really exist, yet. I did my part when I was at HU, and yet, when reflecting on the reality of the situation, I realize that I barely made a dent to reach a larger audience.

I developed and named a stroke when I taught at HU. I named the stroke the Wing-It Stroke. It really is a basic swimming maneuver, but there is much to learn about breath control, control of buoyancy and control of the horizontal position BEFORE teaching this stroke. I would like to introduce these techniques to you sometime, before I write my basic swimming book on the Wing-It stroke. The technique works, and is easily mastered by non-swimmers and swimmers alike. I taught many non-swimmers to swim, and when I retired from HU in June of 2003, my department chair remarked that I had reached over 8,000 students in my 21+ years at HU. I did not know such a statistic existed, but I was pleased none-the-less that enough care and appreciation of my contribution to swimming was noted. Knowing how to swim is empowering, and it is that substance which I believe is lacking in the Black experience as it relates to swimming.

Stay in touch. As you can see, I, too, was inspired by John Cruzat and Wanda Butts.

Errol Duplessis
At 8:31am on May 22, 2009, Darrick Linton said…
Hi Regina,
My apologies for not responding to your last question with my goal in the 200 yard swim. My only goal was just to complete the swim within the specified time of 3:50, which amazingly, I did. In my older age, it did allow me to realize that this sport will sustain me in the years to come, as I approach my elderly years. I know you have been keeping busy!!!!!
At 8:44pm on April 26, 2009, JB Walsh said…
Hi Regina, thank you for the heads up on Leslie Paul's RAPS program. Hopefully I'll get to meet you at some point and congratulations on all your recent accomplishments!

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