DAP Newsletter 2014 Issue 4
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We have some great things happening here at Diversity in Aquatics as we are gearing up for our 2nd Annual Diversity in Aquatics Convention.  If you have not yet, check us out on our homepage and do not forget to follow us on Twitter and our Facebook pages for the latest information and updates. We hope to see you at convention! 


Howard University Swim and Dive Alumni Swim Meet
- When: October 17, 2014 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
- Location: Burr Gym
Street: 2400 6th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20059
- More info at:


NABSF Wreck and Reef Diving
 - When: April 26-May 2, 2015 - Location: Key Largo, FL - more info at:

Be on the look out for DAP Convention 2015 details!
When: Coming Soon
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Swim Outlet Affiliate Program
Great news for our online shoppers, DAP members, and their friends & families!
Diversity in Aquatics has joined the Affiliate Store program. Our new online affiliate store means every time you order through the Diversity in Aquatics Affiliate Store page, you're helping out our programs!  Simply shop through our store

and you are ready to go.
The cash back to our organization will automatically be processed at check-out by Try it today and help us start getting cash back every time you order your latest gear needs.
Tech News!
Check out the new swimming IPhone app, Speedo Fit. You can log workouts, find near-by pools, even share your progress with friends right from your mobile device!

Check out the American Red Cross' new swimming safety app! You can track a swimmers' progress online and also learn some water safety tips too!
Congratulations to Stephanie Fidler, who learned to swim just last year and completed her first sprint-distance triathlon this past September! Keep up the great work! 

Let DAP News know of any aquatic milestones you'd like to share or know of anyone doing amazing work in aquatics to share with the DAP community!

If you would like to have your event, organization, or have any other article additions featured in the next issue, please send the details to Sarah Lynch 

Diversity in Aquatics would like to thank all who came to the 2014 Diversity in Aquatics Convention held in Lake Worth, Florida. We thank each of you who made this event possible. This was an inspirational event that provided individuals and organizations great opportunities and profitable exchanges all while promoting aquatic sports and addressing the needs for more water safety programs. In addition, to all the wonderful items from convention, we would like to congratulate and officially announce Thaddeus Gamory as our new Aquatic Council Lead. Thaddeus will head up each of the aquatic councils providing guidance to our existing and new aquatic councils. Previously, Thaddeus had been working with the Triathlon Council to support members, find solutions to reduce the drowning statistics, and connecting National Governing Bodies like USAT and US Masters with DAP. With Thaddeus's help, the aquatic councils will be able to provide a positive impact for aquatics connecting local and national groups with Diversity in Aquatics. 

So far, the council chairs have done a great job in starting the plans for the upcoming year. Check out information on each of the councils through their group sections found on our webpage: are very excited to have them in their new positions with Diversity in Aquatics.

Additional Highlights
  • National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS) Foundation/Youth Diving With a Purpose Participation 
  • Established the Veteran’s and Caribbean Councils
  • Introduced Youth Council and the Cultural and Aquatic History Council (up for consideration - council vote needed)
  • SCUBA and Multi-sport in Water Workshop Demonstrations
  • Deep Water Running, Swim and Balance Challenge Event.  
  • Lake Worth High School, local student and administration participation
  • 2015 Convention planning (more info on
  • DAP Involvement in Marine Resources Development Foundation "Classroom under the Sea". - Headed by Charles Lumpkin

"The Necessity of Encouragement"

I had the opportunity to attend the 2nd Annual Diversity in Aquatics Convention in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Don’t let the seemingly grand location fool you, this trip was as many trips to a convention can get- spent in a cold room in uncomfortable chairs with inappropriate lighting (ours was too low). That being said, knowledge, encouragement, ideas, and energy came out of the weekend which made the necessity of wearing pants and bringing a jacket during a South Florida summer worth it.

When I first took the job at USA Swimming, I made it a point to try to connect with other Diversity and Inclusion professionals in the aquatics industry. In my search for like-minded individuals I came across the Diversity in Aquatics website and network, which I later found out to be the brainchild of our very own Diversity Consultant, Shaun Anderson, who co-founded the site as well as the program behind it.

From my time this weekend, I realized that Diversity in Aquatics Program (DAP) was much more than I initially believe it to be. In my mind, Diversity in Aquatics as a website was a social network for those interested in diversifying and providing more inclusion to the sport of swimming. I admit I didn’t really log in often and my engagement with others on the site was limited. While the network does serve that purpose, it took this convention to be enlightened to all the work the DAP has done on behalf of the goal of greater diversity and inclusion. To name a few impressive statistics, DAP is the only organization in the world that has provided learn to swim and aquatics services on every inhabited continent and it is the only non-profit to have support of two major National Governing Bodies (USA Swimming & USA Triathlon)...

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"Thaddeus Gamory Diversifies From NYPD To South Florida"

As a former New York City policeman, Thaddeus Gamory has always done the right thing. But Gamory hung up his hoister after 20 years on the beat and is now using his goggles and swim cap instead.

The retired NYPD Police Academy Department Chairman is the owner and head coach of SwimTriPros. But he does so much more from his base in Fort Lauderdale in South Florida. Besides being a coach from USA SwimmingUSA Triathlon,U.S. Masters Swimming, Road Runners Club of America, and USA Cycling, Gamory focuses on increasing swimming competency among diverse populations as well as the prevention of unintentional drownings...

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 DAP Featured Member: 

Richard Butler 
USRowing Inclusion Manager
What are your aquatic interests? Rowing, paddling sports like kayaking and Dragon boating   

Please describe your Aquatics Background? When did you start?  In 2004 I accepted the position of Executive Director of Three Rivers Rowing Association in Pittsburgh. I soon fell in love with all of the intense and challenging work that rowing required. Soon after that I also became a competitive Dragon Boater. 
Additional involvements in aquatics: I participate and help promote the International Water Safety Day. I also help rowing programs across America collaborate with USA Swimming Clubs
What are some other things you would like the members to know about you or your program(s)?
I am the creator of USRowing’s America Rows.
  • Launched in 2010, America Rows, a nationwide diversity and inclusion initiative of USRowing, is aimed at increasing awareness of rowing and introducing the sport to a diverse group of Americans
  • With 35 diverse, another 40 adaptive rowing  programs currently running across the country, the initiative provides support, both organizationally and financially, to existing and planned programs across the country, serving thousands of urban youth
  • America Rows Goals:
    • Introduce rowing to a new audience and provide the tools to compete
    • Improve personal confidence and raise self- esteem
    • Provide a fitness platform to help combat the youth obesity
    • Combine rowing with an academic tutoring program to allow
    • opportunities to go to college and perhaps gain scholarships
    • Empower the youth of America to take the lessons learned on the water and apply them to all facets of life
    • Change lives.
I personally want to become a more efficient swimmer so that I someday can compete in triathlons.  I will be hiring a swim coach in 2015.

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