2020 Diversity In Aquatics Convention

Advocacy In Action

April 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Washington DC Convention Center


Get Involved..


Participate in this one-of-a-kind convention bringing together the most extensive collection of diverse and passionate aquatic leaders, athletes, coaches, and community supporters to help shape the future of aquatics and reduce drowning rates in the United States and abroad.

Your involvement continues the efforts for research, education and support to save lives and promote aquatic activities, occupations and opportunities in vulnerable communities.

This unique opportunity for organizations and individuals to collaborate on solutions and expand safety and programming access to targeted populations.


A ticket to convention pays for:

  • Admission

  • Materials

  • Activities (bring your swimsuit!)

  • Breakfast and networking engagements

  • Saturday - Excellence in Aquatics Awards Dinner

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Convention Hotel


Embassy Suites Washington DC Convention Center

900 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

This year we are moving the convention from Miami to our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. at the at the beautiful and centrally located conference center of the Embassy Suites. The hotel is 10-minute walk from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, this relaxed hotel is a 6-minute walk from Metro Center station and a 15-minute walk from the National Mall. 

If you have any questions about convention, please feel free to call 571-305-2442.

If you have any questions about the hotel, contact them directly at (202) 739-2001


Convention Goals



Provide education and research guidance to attendees on water safety education, drowning prevention, and program best-practices, activation, and growth.


Bring together communities and organizations to promote and collaborate on ideas about water safety education, drowning prevention efforts, and program ideas.


Host the world's largest single-location and multi-location Tread-a-Thon in support of the International Water Safety Day Foundation and our own efforts.



We want to certify a diverse group of Water Safety Instructors and Lifeguard Instructors to the standards of the American Red Cross.


Reward and recognize the men and women making an impact towards the Diversity in Aquatics mission and vision.


Experience valuable opportunities when you attend


Meet with aquatic leaders, athletes, coaches and community supporters whose collective influence can shape the future of aquatics.


Attend workshops showcasing strategies for implementation of innovative aquatic programs to increase and sustain aquatic sports competence.


Gain insight into best practices that can increase diverse participation and reduce drowning statistics while working with National Governing Bodies of aquatic sports under the United States Olympic Committee.


Participate in in-water activities each day to get hands-on experiences and make convention even more fun.


Be inspired by accomplished professionals, athletes, program directors, and coaches.

Want to get involved? Please sign up as a presenter or vendor at this year’s convention


Convention In Action

Diversity In Aquatics Convention provides individuals and organizations with game-changing opportunities, profitable exchange, all while addressing the importance of water safety as a conduit to promoting aquatic physical activity. Aquatic enthusiasts from all over the world developed lifelong partnerships and networks helping them to exchange ideas on how to curve the drowning statistics and promote aquatic physical activity and sport to diverse populations. All aquatic stakeholder organizations, large or small, can network to create a better future the promotion of water safety and aquatic physical activity and sport in diverse and historically underrepresented populations.

Water Safety Festival

Our water safety festival is a one of a kind event showcasing important messages of water safety and aquatic opportunity in a fun and engaging way.


Convention Workshops

The goals of of our convention workshops are to educate, empower, and support, aquatic stakeholders (e.g. recreational and competitive aquatic sport leaders, aquatic and water safety professionals, educators, community leaders, NGOs) from diverse backgrounds to help save and enhance lives through aquatic programming.


Excellence In Aquatics

Diversity In Aquatics is an organization that believes there can be a change in the proverbial tide, and not accept another preventable loss of the next generation of leaders, scholars, future of tomorrow. This is why we celebrate aquatic leaders from all over the world on the efforts to help save lives and promote aquatics in under-resourced communities.