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Creating Safe LGBTQ+ Aquatic Spaces

Presented by Emily Rokosch from JASMYN 

Emily has been advocating for the LGBTQ+ community for 20 years. She earned her Masters of Education with a focus on mental health counseling from University of North Florida. Emily was the founding Coordinator of the University of North Florida’s LGBT Resource Center, where she worked to create a safe space and welcoming learning environment for all students. She continued her LGBTQ+ advocacy work as the Director of the University of California Los Angeles LGBT Resource Center. She currently leads a dynamic and dedicated team supporting at JASMYN, a Jacksonville, Florida organization that supports LGBTQ+ young people by creating safe space, providing health and wholeness services, and offering youth development opportunities, while bringing people and resources together to promote equality and human rights. Emily’s love for everything aquatic has been present since she began swimming lessons at the age of 5 and continued to compete until graduating from Colorado State University. Over the past decade, she has enjoyed when her advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community intersected with her love for swimming. She served on the USA Swimming Minor Transgender Athlete Task Force in 2017 and has stayed active in her local swimming community.

AOAP Fifth Roundtable: Adaptive Aquatics Training and Certification

Join AOAP Board in our October Round Table webinar. We will hear from 3 of the most knowledgeable and entertaining experts in the field of adaptive aquatics. Learn from and be motivated by Co-Owners and Founders of Swim Angelfish, Ailene Tisser and Cindy Freedman along with Co-Owner and Founder of Starfish Aquatic Institute, Jill White. This webinar will provide you with information on the various Adaptive Aquatics trainings that are available and what each one entails. The Swim Angelfish portion will talk about the importance of figuring out the underlying problem, and give you examples of strategies to overcome them for swim success. We will also talk about the roadblocks that are most important to overcome to help with water safety and drowning prevention. We can then guide instructors on the path to finding the resources to meet their immediate needs, and the needs of their facility. Starfish Aquatics Institute will describe the history and role the Adapted Aquatics Credential plays in providing a sound educational foundation for those who want to develop or deliver an adapted aquatics program.