About Us

Long Beach is hugged by water. Located between the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers, with the Pacific Ocean to the south, the Port of Long Beach to the west, Alamitos Bay to the east, and Marine Stadium and Colorado Lagoon to the north – water is everywhere!

Why is Long Beach the Aquatic Capital of America?

Kite surfers love the great ocean breezes found here. The calm water of the bay makes for family gatherings, along with open water swimming, kayaking, outrigger canoeing, paddle boarding, sailing and boating. Marine Stadium was built for the rowing events at the 1932 Olympics, and two large marinas serve the sailing and boating communities.

Local pools provide opportunities for swimming water polo and diving. The Congressional Cup is one of the top match race competitions in the world of sailing.

It is widely believed that Long Beach has produced more aquatic Olympians, National Champions, and World Record holders than any other city in the U.S.A.

Aquatic Capital of America Foundation

The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed in 2008 to promote Long Beach as a destination for visitors seeking to participate in the myriad of aquatic activities offered in our City, honor and support our aquatic athletes, promote water safety and education.

We also support local efforts to cleanse our waterways as well as increase the number of local aquatic facilities, including the rebuilding of the famed Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.

Your membership and donations will help us achieve our goals.