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Each year the Aquatic Capital honors a number of Long Beach athletes, coaches, organizations and aquatic-minded citizens for outstanding accomplishments in the prior year.

Our 11th Annual Awards Banquet in January, sponsored by Keesal, Young & Logan and the Port of Long Beach, was another sold out event. Over 140 guests enjoyed mingling during the reception, the delicious dinner, and a fast-moving awards program as well as the fabulous views from Keesal, Young & Logan’s 14th floor venue overlooking the Long Beach waterfront and the Queen Mary.


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Long Beach, CA

The Aquatic Capital of America

Aquatic Capital of America was founded by Tom Shadden and other residents who were passionate and involved in the Long Beach aquatic community. Together, they conducted a data-driven study that confirmed that Long Beach, California produced more aquatic Olympians, National Champions, and World Record holders than any other city in the U.S.A.

In 2008, Long Beach City Council approved a designation of Long Beach, California as the “Aquatic Capital of America.”


Aquatic Capital of America proudly supports and promotes the water safety education, clean water, more aquatic facilities, and regionial aquatic activities in Long Beach. It also recognizes, honors, and supports aquatic participants, athletes, coaches, and organizations associated with Long Beach.

With over seven miles of beaches, great ocean breezes, the calm waters of the bay and lagoon, residents and tourists can enjoy water-based activities that include: diving, kayaking, kite surfing, outrigger canoeing, paddle boarding, rowing, sailing, scuba diving, swimming, water polo, and water skiing, and much more!


Marine Stadium was built in 1932 as the site for the 1932 Olympic rowing events. Due to the consistency and strength of the local winds, Long Beach was chosen as the site for the sailing events in the 1984 Olympic Games, and will again host sailing for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics.

The city has also been chosen as the 2028 Olympic venue for the water polo, triathlon and marathon open water swimming events.


Aquatic Capital of America turns 10! Happy Birthday to us! Ready to freshen-up, we enlisted Long Beach award-winning brand designer and marketing strategist, Marinella Len. While maintaining the spirit our original sun and waves logo, she has brought a vibrant, bold and modern approach to our organization that reflects our growth and is assisting us in our branding as we are prepare to gain more traction in educating, inspiring, and promoting Long Beach as the Aquatic Capital of America!

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Aquatic Capital of America established its Hall Of Fame in 2016 to preserve Long Beach’s rich water-based history, and to recognize the men and women who distinguished themselves in accomplishing extraordinary levels of success in their aquatic endeavors.


Aquatic Capital of America Hall of Fame also serves to inspire future generations of aquatic athletes, coaches and officials.

In collaboration with the City of Long Beach officials, the Aquatic Capital of America is working to establish a permanent venue to house the Aquatic Hall of Fame within the to-be-rebuilt Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.

Eligibility requirements for induction into the Aquatic Capital of America Hall requires the athlete, coach, administrator or contributor to have:

Participated or contributed to aquatics at a National or International level and

Lived, attended school, or associated with an aquatic club in Long Beach, California

Athletes must be retired from competition for four years before being eligble for induction