Mother May I Swim Study

Ayanna Rakhu is a doctoral candidate in the College of Education and Human Development in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota. She is conducting a study to explore the swimming experiences of African-American mothers, and understand how those experiences have impacted their confidence in swimming, as well as their child/children’s involvement in swimming. 

You are eligible to participate in this study if you identify as an African-American mother or primary caregiver age 18 or older, who has at least one child between the ages of 1-12. You do not need to know how to swim to take part in the study. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. If you participate you may choose to discontinue participation at any time.

All participants are asked to complete a registration survey and participate in a focus group discussion in which you will talk about your experiences related to swimming. The focus group will be conducted via Zoom (video conference platform) with four to six participants in each group. You will attend a focus group with people of similar swim ability. The discussion will be approximately 90 minutes. All participants will receive a $30 Visa gift card upon completion of the focus group discussion.

If you would like to participate, please register here: Mother May I Swim.  Once completed, the researcher will reach out to you with further information on setting up your focus group session. If you have questions about this study, contact Ayanna Rakhu at 

Please forward this request to other African-American mothers eligible to participate in this study.

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Juliene Hefter

Juliene is the Executive Director/CEO of AOAP. She has a background in running and operating diverse aquatic facilities and venues and is a national and international speaker on a variety of topics. She is also an expert witness/consultant.

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