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Our History

In 2021, the USMS swim club, Mahogany Mermaids, was given a unique chance to grow. We were awarded a USMS Adult Learn to Swim grant to boost our services in our community. In partnership with Miller swimming, and matching funds from Charlotte’s generous swim community, Evolutionary Aquatics was formed. USMS granted Mahogany Mermaids $5,000, and more than 40 donors pledged in excess of $8,000 in less than two days. This funded our Adult Learn to Swim program!
We are a non-profit organization that offers full transparency,
oversight and accountability. 

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Our Goals


Short-term goals: 

  • Continue effective fundraising for Evolutionary Aquatics' programs

  • Obtain Water Safety Instructor certification for coaches and staff

  • Extend aquatic programs to other pools and facilities

  • Create and sustain an American Red Cross program for adult (21+ years old) lifeguards

Mid-term goals:

  • Develop competitive swim programs and participate in meets

  • Become a Total Immersion training facility

  • Develop a beginner level triathlon training program

  • Host local USMS sanctioned swim meets 


Long-term goals:

  • Build or substantially sponsor a dedicated aquatics facility

Vision and Mission

  • Vision: EA actively creates a healthy and equitable community that provides opportunities to celebrate diversity and inclusion through aquatics.

  • Mission: We support and promote activities in, on, and around water for our communities. We use sound education to dismantle the historical lies that surround Black cultures to encourage us to reclaim our aquatic heritage.

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