Prague Rainbow Spring 2015 (May 1-3)

Dear swimmers and friends of water,

After very successful competition we have had chance to enjoy last year, the Prague organization team has decided to make from the swimming competition a tradition. Therefore, swimming is now on the list for the annual Prague Rainbow Spring, which will take place on May 1st – 3rd.

This is the ideal time to use all the energy from longer sunny days for walks at the Petřín hill, full of cherry trees in blossom, and to get in the mood for a good competition among friends.

We have again chosen the 25 meters swimming pool (3,5 – 1,2 m deep), situated in a University sport center in a quiet part of Prague, easily reachable by public transport.

Register at:

This year we will offer you:

25m pool with depth 1,2m – 3,6m
Automatic timekeeping by Omega
Free refreshment
Free massage
DJ Henriette
Medals, Diplomas and special prizes

The swimming competition itself will take place on Saturday, May 2nd.
In case of any questions, please let us know.

Looking forward to seeing you in Prague

Aquamen organizational team – member of Alcedo Prague

2015 TNYA Swim & Dive Camp (March 22-28) Registration Open

TNYA registration for its annual training camp opened today.

TNYA’s annual training camp will be held in Miami at Florida International University from March 22-28.  The week includes two practices per day, both long course meters and short course yards for the swimmers, and 1m, 3m, and platform for the divers, clinics, video analysis, and social events.

The camp is open to all levels.  Registration is $300 for one sport, $450 for both sports, and can be accessed here:  Questions can be sent to

For accommodations, we have a rate of $155 / night with up to four people in a room at the Days Inn Thunderbird at 18401 Collins Ave, Sunny Isles Beach.  Campers should ask for Mark Ruiz at 305.931.7700 and say they’re with Team New York Aquatics.  The rate will only be guaranteed until March 1.

Please feel free to tell your teammates.  We love sharing this experience with a diverse group of swimmers and divers and we hope to see many of you there!

TNYA Co-President

Ski-n-Swim 2015 (February 20-22) Registration Open!


Ski-n-Swim is not just for swimmers but for everyone! Get the word out!

Ski-n-Swim will be held February 20-22th, 2015. We have a great line of events this year.

  • Opening social Friday night
  • Swim meet on Saturday morning
  • Group dinner and ice skating that evening
  • Sunday ski and spa day at Snowbird

Please pass the event along and let’s get as many of our clubs across the nation to come swim with us! Visit the Ski-n-Swim webpage here. Thanks to all of our donors and sponsors that help keep costs down.

See you at the pool!
QUAC Ski-n-Swim Committee

TLV Nemos – New Swimmers off the Block


As a center for LGBT culture and competitive swimming, the Middle East is an unlikely candidate. One plucky team in Tel Aviv, Isreal is working to change that.

The TLV Nemos are a young team. Only one month old in fact – the team only started swimming together in November.

The Nemos origin story is similar to those of many IGLA teams. Sagi Krispin, TLV Nemos Captain, participated in Gay Games 9 held last summer in Cleveland, Ohio. When Krispin returned home to Tel Aviv he decided that Tel Aviv must have a GLBT swimming team.  So he started with  Facebook and formed a team.

The Nemos are diving right in!  They are already working on plans to host the first Tel Aviv Water Games in October 2015.  For the first time ever, this festival will unite the freedom of gay Tel Aviv with an international sports event on the shores of beautiful Tel Aviv. This promises to be an amazing Coming Out Party for an energized debutante team.image

Tel Aviv is known as one of the world’s finest and friendliest GLBT travel destinations. It is a kind of oasis where a person can express themselves or just simply be themselves in cosmopolitan gay-friendly city.

The vibrant scene is alive year-round, with dazzling nightlife, hip restaurants, stylish boutiques, and busy streets hopping with clubs and cafés: perfect for people who love to get out and about.

“Tel Aviv is the perfect spot for GLTB sporting event. Put yourself on the warm sands of the Mediterranean with 28º weather that’s perfect for a beach volleyball tournament. The city is full of Pride, sportsmanship and the joy of competition,” says Krispin.

When you go, plan on sunset yoga on the beach, bicycle tours of the city, and of course – when night falls – the best bars, clubs, and late night celebrations. TWG 2015  is produced by a team of  LGBT producers and athletes who joined together with the leading Israeli sports productions & Tourism company Issta Sport.

IGLA welcomes TLV Nemos and are excited to experience the beauty, charm and energy the Nemos will offer at the Tel Aviv Water Games and IGLA.

5 Internationally Gay & Lesbian & Aquatic Things You Should Know about This Week


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US reality TV star Nicole Ritchie recently took the plunge and took up synchronized swimming on an episode of her AOL Originals reality show, Candidly Nicole.



World OutGames Miami, scheduled to take place in 2017, has launched a crowdfunding campaign. The funds raised will be primarily used to provide financial assistance to athletes from around the world who would otherwise be unable to participate in the games. Some of the funds will be applied toward operations, as well as World OutGames Miami’s efforts to reach LGBTQI athletes across the world. Just a little over a month remains of the 60-day campaign hosted by Indiegogo, and the games have raised less than $5,000 to date.


As we approach Eurogames Stockholm and IGLA 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden, AdFreak reminds us that 20 years before it was cool to cast gay couples, Ikea made this pioneering ad:

The 1994 spot, from Deutsch, ran after 10 p.m. in three markets where Ikea then had a significant presence: New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The late-night airing ensured that the ad wouldn’t be seen during “family hour” programming.



With Russia set to hold the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan (watch out for wild dogs) and with The FINA Order having been awarded to Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, on October 9, 2014, Elton John spoke out against Russian homophobia during a concert in St Petersburg:

“As a gay man, I’ve always felt so welcome here in Russia. Stories of Russian fans – men and women who fell in love dancing to Nikita, or their kids who sing along to Circle of Life – mean the world to me. If I’m not honest about who I am, I couldn’t write this music. It’s not gay propaganda. It’s how I express life.”

His most recent album, The Diving Board, was released in 2013.