Monday, September 17, 2018

Fwd: Checkout the Diversity in Aquatics Newsletter- September 2018

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DIA Newsletter September 2018 Issue
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Greetings Aquatic and Community Leaders!   

We invite you to join us this year at our 2019 Diversity in Aquatics Convention, April 12-14, 2019 held at the beautiful Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel.  The Diversity In Aquatics Convention (DIA) is our annual flagship program aimed to bring together one of the most extensive collection of diverse and passionate aquatic experts, professionals, athletes, and enthusiasts in the nation/world. The focus of Diversity In Aquatics is on empowering communities through education and involvement in aquatic physical activities, water safety awareness and drowning prevention efforts in traditionally underrepresented communities and vulnerable populations.  The 2019 Diversity In Aquatics Convention in Miami, Florida provides the opportunity for participants to serve as a think tank on progress in addressing "Drowning" as a "Neglected Public Health Threat" as outlined in the World Health Organization's (2018) Global Report on Drowning. 
This year marks the 11th year of the establishment of Diversity In Aquatics and our 7th Convention where we will continue to build and grow our mission of saving lives. The 2019 DIA Convention theme, "Unite In Action", reflects the challenges in addressing the burden of drowning in traditionally underrepresented communities while developing solutions and action plans to make a difference, focusing on the following areas:

Increasing Knowledge and Awareness  
○ History of aquatics in underrepresented communities
○ Research symposium and presentations on best practices and culturally relevant education

Broadening Prevention Education and Aquatic Programming
○ Expanding water safety education and drowning prevention
Sport specific focused efforts of the Aquatic Councils  

Creating Partnerships and Community Collaborations
○ A national leadership summit with the American Red Cross
○ Think tank with a body of experts providing advice and ideas on aquatics  
We hope you will be a part of our growing number of aquatic ambassadors who are gaining insights into best practices that can increase diverse participation and decrease the drowning
statistics, while working with nationally recognized organizations and governing bodies of aquatic sports under the United States Olympic Committee.  
In addition to our member-centered workshops, research sessions, and implementation of cutting-edge aquatic programs and strategies, Diversity in Aquatics has partnered with the American Red Cross to create a National Diversity Leadership Summit. The summit will bring together diverse organizations as well aquatic professionals focused on working to create solutions towards both the organization's missions of increasing water safety education and safe participation in aquatic physical activities.  

Lastly, don't forget to bring your aquatic gear, as it is a tradition of ours, for attendees to get in the water and experience for themselves new aquatics skills and disciplines (scuba demo, open water swimming, deep water running, triathlon/multi-sport training, rowing, etc.).  

To register for the: Diversity In Aquatics Convention 2019 "Unite in Action" - Miami, FL.  


Click Here For Hotel Registration at a special $169.00/night 
See you in Miami, FL in 2019!
Diversity In Aquatics 
Featured Highlights
  • April 12-14, 2019 7th Diversity In Aquatics Convention
  • Upcoming Aquatic Events
  • The Coaching Corner & Training Tips
  • Water Safety Tips 
  • What's On Our Shelf!
Upcoming Events
  •  SWIM 1922- Hosted By: Iota Epsilon Sigma Alumnae Chapter Northern Virginia


The Coaching Corner

USA Swimming Regional Coach Clinics

USA Swimming
2018 Zone Select Camp Dates & Locations

Bill Requiring Prompt Abuse Reporting Passes

Training Tip
Rowing Training: Check out the Sports Fitness Advisor website. Sports Fitness is providing a guide that is even more detailed, updated and comprehensive - it is a multi-page guide on rowing training that is packed with practical tips and advice. Check out their site today! 


Help Diversity In Aquatics Programs every time you shop on

You will not be charged extra for your purchases.

Water Safety Tips
  1. Adult Supervision – Never turn your back on your child around water. It takes just seconds for him/her to be in serious trouble. Assign a Water Watcher so there are never questions about which adult is responsible for watching the child and be aware of the distractions unique to the winter months: holiday parties, house guests, etc.
  2. Educate Others – When traveling to relatives' and friends' homes they may not understand the importance of keeping gates closed, doors locked, closing toilet seats, emptying buckets, etc. Visiting family, holiday parties and celebrations can lead to breakdowns in routine supervision and effective barriers to the water. If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.
  3. Decoration Hazards – Decorations and lights can pose problems with young children around the house and water. Watch for lights and electrical cords around water, make sure no outside decorations provide a means for a child to climb over a fence or open a locked gate.
  4. Maintain Pools in the Winter
    – Keep pools well maintained with clear water even if it is too cold to swim. If someone falls in, they can be   seen and be helped faster.
    – Pool covers need to be drained of accumulated rain water and free of debris.
    – Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask your pool service provider if you       do not know.
  5. Hot Tubs – Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa. Supervision must be one adult per child due to the high temperatures and turbulence of the water in a hot tub. When young children are in the hot tub, keep the temperature below 90 degrees Fahrenheit and limit exposure to less than ten minutes.
  6. Fencing – Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
  7. Survival Swimming Lessons – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states, "lessons may actually reduce the risk in drowning for children ages 1-4 years old." Infant Swimming Resource goes beyond traditional swimming instruction, by teaching children aquatic survival skills designed to help them survive should they reach the water alone.
What's On Our Shelf
International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education
Special Issue, Diversity In Aquatics

The International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education (IJARE) is dedicated to dancing the knowledge and practices of human aquatics professionals  worldwide.

We encourage you to read the articles published in this recent Special Issue of IJARE, which addresses "Diversity In Aquatics." This Issue features scholarly articles authored by Dr. Angela K. Beale-Tawfeeq, Dr. Steven, N, Waller, Dr. Knolan Rawlins, Ms. Tiffany Quash, and many more! This is valuable information that expand your knowledge about the current issues regarding diversity and its place in the world of aquatics.
(Information above provided by Published
by: The International Journal of Aquatics Research and Education in 2017)
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 

Dr. Asherah Allen

Mark Rauterkus
Swimming and Water Polo Coach, Schenley High School, Pittsburgh, PA
412 298 3432 = cell

Fwd: What is PA Gov Candidate Wagner smoking?

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From: Ken Krawchuk, Libertarian for Governor


September 15, 2018

For more information, please contact Ken Krawchuk at or 224-Krawchuk (224-572-9248)





ABINGTON PA  –  "What has Senator Wagner been smoking?" asked Ken Krawchuk, Libertarian candidate for Pennsylvania Governor.  "Every two and a half hours another Pennsylvanian dies, a victim of the Opioid Crisis.  The recent meteoric rise in opioid-related deaths is a sure indication what we're doing today is failed policy.  But Mr. Wagner's so-called 'solution' is merely doubling down on that failed policy.  Pennsylvania deserves better." 


Senator Wagner recently unveiled his plan to combat the Opioid Crisis.  Key points include suing drug manufacturers, expanding criminal prosecutions, and reinstating the death penalty for drug dealers.


"Wagner's solution is a poster child for the problems resulting from the entire failed War on Drugs," Krawchuk continued.  "They've taken a social issue and made it a criminal justice issue.  It's clogged our courts, filled our jails, and ruined countless lives, likely many more lives than have been ruined by drugs themselves.  And now Senator Wagner wants to enlist the courts in his extremist scheme to add to that death toll.  It's a cure much worse than the disease."


In addition to decrying Wagner's heavy-handed suggestions, Krawchuk laid out his own reasoning and outlined the Libertarian approach.


"Before coming up with a solution," Krawchuk explained, "We have to ask: What are the facts?  According to the National Institute of Health, opioids are the leading cause of accidental death in America, and according to Scientific American, there are virtually only two causes.  The first is ignorance; ignorance of the fact that opioids can kill when mixed with commonly available items, things like alcohol or certain prescription drugs.  The second is an acute lack of quality control.  They're 'street drugs' remember, and you can never be sure of what's mixed in: rat poison, fentanyl, Coffemate, you never know.  It's like ordering a beer and getting moonshine.


"But if I told you there's a way to reduce opioid use by 75%, reduce opioid deaths by 85%, and reduce HIV infections by more than 90%, would you be interested?  Because these are the results recently published by the Portuguese Health Ministry.  How did they conquer their killer?  Portugal faced the compassionate truth: Addiction is not a crime.  Instead of putting sick people in cages, back in 2001 they ended their insane War on Drugs.  The results speak for themselves.


"Today Portugal provides counseling to all, where in America, only 10% get it.  That addresses the issue of deaths from ignorance. And Portugal provides opioid substitutes such as Methadone, and free drug purity testing.  That eliminates the 'street drug' aspect.  Better yet, instead of calling sick people 'criminals' and putting them in cages, drug possession is treated no worse than a traffic ticket, one that comes with a free social worker to help guide them on the path to rehabilitation.  And best of all, their approach saves money.  Portugal spends less than $10 per citizen per year on drug programs, where the U.S. spends some $10,000 per household.


"So I can't understand why Senator Wagner wants to double down on a failed policy and use the power of government to kill even more people.  Instead, let's follow the Libertarian approach and save money and lives by ending the War on Drugs today.  It's a modest proposal with huge results: reduce opioid use by 75%, reduce opioid deaths by 85%, reduce HIV infections by more than 90%.  It's a solution within reach.  It's a future worth having.  We only need leadership with the political courage to do it -- hopefully before another two and a half hours passes!  As your governor, I promise I will follow Portugal's example, decriminalize all drugs, and finally put an end to all that needless death.


"To quote the NY Times, 'The lesson that Portugal offers the world is that while we can't eradicate heroin, it's possible to save the lives of drug users if we're willing to treat them not as criminals but as sick, suffering human beings who need helping hands, not handcuffs.'


"So please vote for me, Ken Krawchuk, Libertarian for Pennsylvania Governor.  Because if you keep on voting the way you've been voting, you're going to keep on getting just what you've been getting – including another opioid-related death every two and a half hours."


Krawchuk, 65, is an Information Technology entrepreneur from Abington, Pa.  He has appeared on the gubernatorial ballot twice before, facing Democrat Ed Rendell in 2002 and Republican Tom Ridge in 1998.  His Lieutenant Governor running mate Kathleen Smith is a retired retail merchant from Canonsburg, Pa, and has served two terms on her local school board, one of them as board president.  Because of Pennsylvania's onerous ballot access laws, Krawchuk is the first third party or independent gubernatorial candidate to appear on the Pennsylvania ballot since 2002.  His return to politics comes on the heels of his federal court victory in 2016 that ruled unconstitutional the $80,000+ fines that have been levied against statewide candidates who are unsuccessful in their attempt to appear on the November ballot.


Founded in 1971, the Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the state and the nation, with over 150 elected and appointed officials currently serving in office nationwide, and 40 in Pennsylvania.  Libertarians are fiscally conservative and socially liberal, and like the Founding Fathers, Libertarians believe that you have the inalienable right to conduct your life as you see fit, without interference, so long as you respect the rights and property of others.


For more information about the Libertarian Party, the public is invited to contact the Krawchuk campaign at,, or (224) Krawchuk (224-572-9248), the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania at or (800) R-RIGHTS, or the National Libertarian Party at or (202) 333-0008.


Krawchuk appears weekly on a Facebook livestream at 8 PM every Wednesday night,



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