About Us

Aquatic Capital of America Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed in 2008 by long-time resident and sailing enthusiast Tom Shadden and several influential friends who wished to promote the City of Long Beach, California as a destination for visitors interested in the many aquatic activities offered in the city. Their research confirmed the belief, long-held by many residents, that Long Beach has produced more aquatic athletes, coaches and officials who have become Olympians, World and National Champions, and World and National Record breakers, than any other city in the U.S.A.

The members work to promote the myriad of aquatic activities offered in Long Beach, and to maintain the city's amazing aquatics legacy by recognizing, honoring and supporting its aquatic athletes, coaches, officials and organizations. 

As the organization has grown, it is also working to promote water safety and education, particularly through its "Waterproof Our Youth©" progam. The Foundation also supports community and regional efforts to cleanse local waterways as well as to increase the number of local aquatic facilities.