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Why do some Black people fear the water?

Robert Lozado is a lifeguard and swim instructor for several pools in the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Many of the pools he works in are located in the majority African-American area of Prince George's County Maryland. He teaches adults, infants and children how...

How to Raise a Collegiate Swimmer Elijah Wright

How to Raise a Collegiate Swimmer – Advice from Salome Wallace El

[caption id="attachment_1449" align="alignleft" width="160"] Salome and Elijah at his high school graduation[/caption] Salome Wallace El taught her children how to swim at an early age. Although she did not swim competitively, she raised two successful swimmers - one of whom earned an athletic scholarship for diving...

Nutritional Advice for Swimmers

What Swimmers Should Eat – Nutrition Advice from a Collegiate Diver

You are what you eat! Elijah Wright is an up and coming diver who was named Coastal Collegiate Sports Association's Diver of the Week FIVE times in just six weeks. [caption id="attachment_1449" align="alignleft" width="160"] Salome and Elijah at his high school graduation[/caption] Elijah also swam competitively for...

Swim Dad Darryl Jackson Speaks with Black Kids Swim

Swim Dad Darryl Jackson Speaks with Black Kids Swim

Darryl and Francina Jackson are the swim parents of Christian and Cade Jackson. Both Christian and Cade swim with Theresa Banks Swim Club during the summer and NCAP during the school year. Darryl and Francina are regulars at the pool - cheering for their sons and bonding with other...

Bruce Johnson gives hair care advice for black swimmers

More hair care advice for black swimmers from Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson is a cosmetologist and the owner of Avatar Salon and Wellness Spa in Silver Spring Maryland. Black Kids Swim previously interviewed Bruce about the dangers of chlorine. His advice was so appreciated we decided to bring him back! Below, Bruce continues providing excellent...

Coach Elvin Foreman shares his thoughts with BKS

Coach Elvin Foreman shares his thoughts with BKS

Coach Elvin Foreman is the Head Coach Elite Rays Swim Club and the Head Coach of the Fort Washington Sharks. Coach Foreman was our daughter's first swim coach in the U.S. after living overseas for 2 years. He and his assistant coaches guided our family through the, sometimes intimidating,...

Swim mom Karen Norman tlks with Black Kids Swim

Swim Mom Karen Norman Speaks with BKS

Karen and Percy Norman are the swim mom and dad of Clarke (10) and Madison (13). Both girls swim year round and began swimming competitively at the age of 6. Karen sat down with Black Kids Swim to share her thoughts on the barriers that...

Photographer Lailanie Symonette speaks with BKS

Photographer Lailanie Symonette speaks with BKS

Photographer Lailanie Semper Symonette is an avid photographer and a regular at swim meets for the Nations Capital Swim Club. We ALWAYS see her snapping amazing action shots of the swimmers and we love it when she shares her albums on Facebook and Flickr. We...

dc wave coach robert green

Coach Robert Green Speaks with BKS

[caption id="attachment_56" align="alignright" width="300"] Coach Robert M. Green[/caption] Coach Robert M. Green is the head coach for DC Wave and the Competitive Swimming Programs manager for Washington D.C. Parks and Recreation. With over 10 years of coaching experience and practically a lifetime of swimming experience we thought...

bruce johnson talks hair and chlorine

Bruce Johnson of Avatar Salon Talks Chlorine and Black Swimmers Hair

Bruce Johnson has been in the hair care industry for over 20 years. He is a licensed cosmetologist [caption id="attachment_858" align="alignleft" width="294"] Bruce Johnson, cosmetologist and salon owner.[/caption] and the owner of Avatar Salon and Wellness Spa in Silver Spring. The salon opened 18 years ago and...

Swim Mom Monica Randall speaks to BKS

Swim Mom Monica Randall speaks to BKS

Monica and Alan Randall are the 'Swim Mom' and 'Swim Dad' of star swimmer Maya Randall, age 11 Maya swims for DC Wave Swim Team Her favorites events and fastest times (in the age 9-10 category for Long Course Meters) are: 50 Free LCM - 32.46 100 Free LCM...