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  • Lifesaving Gear: Rachel Griffiths

    Founding a nonprofit to donate needed safety gear was one action of this aquatics professional

  • Aquatics Education: Juliene Hefter

    The executive director of the Association of Aquatics Professionals gears learning specifically to industry professionals

  • Lifeguard Training: Justin Sempsrott, M.D.

    A doctor founded an organization that takes lifeguarding global to help prevent drownings

  • Adaptive Swimming: Rory and Joanne Suomi

    The husband-and-wife founders of the Special Needs Aquatics Program at Unversity of Wisconsin-Stevens Point advocated for inclusive aquatics worldwide

  • Aquatic Sports: Carol Rose

    Rose has spent decades championing underwater hockey as a safe, inclusive sport

  • Philanthropy: Joan Kroc

    The late philanthropist made aquatics accessible to some of the nation's neediest neighborhoods

  • Swimmer Extraordinaire

    Lifelong aquatics professional Jane Katz's incredible journey

  • Jeff Ellis

    When there's talk of leaders in aquatic safety, Jeff Ellis’ name always comes up.

  • Mike Espino

    With 16 years at the American Red Cross and now nearly five years at Chicago-based YMCA of the USA as its aquatic safety and risk specialist, Mike Espino knows large-scale aquatic operations.

  • Leland Yarger

    His title — coordinator of aquatics and instructor of physical science at Ball State University — would barely fit on a business card, but that seems appropriate for Leland Yarger, who oversees the school's aquatics degree program.