Native New Yorker Dr. Jane Katz learned to swim at the insistence of her father, who prized water safety after nearly drowning himself. The aquatics industry hasn’t been the same since.

Her swimming career has intersected with so many key moments in the sport: competing in the 1964 Olympics as a synchronized swimmer and other international games in masters; rehabbing her body after injury through aquatics; teaching minorities and first responders to swim through her work at the City University of New York.

Now, as the population ages, this renowned aquatic educator is drawing on her graduate work in gerontology and life in aquatics to help people of all ages keep fit in the pool.