United States Aquatic Association of the Deaf, an affiliate of the USA Deaf Sports Federation, was incorporated in April of 1990. By-laws were written and USAAD was accepted as a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization with its own identification number. USAAD affiliates yearly with AAAD, USS, USWP and is well represented at respective conventions. USAAD applies for grants and raise funds for its development and training programs. USAAD fosters national and international aquatic competitions.  USAAD was replaced with USA Deaf Swimming (USADS) in 2007.

August 2015

2015 World Deaf Swimming Championships hosted in San Antonio, TX. There were 22 countries participating in the event and Team USA had a large team participating. 

July 2014

USDS changes its name to USA Deaf Swimming (USADS) to better align itself with USA Swimming and USA Deaf Sports Federation.

January 2014

Hosted the First Deaf International Short Course Swimming Championships (DISCSC) on the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) campus (official results).  Meet Director, Doug Matchett, led the way offering a non-inclusive competition sponsored by both ICSD and USA-Swimming.  Over 100 swimmers from nine different countries competed.  Thirty-one (31) World Records were broken at the meet.  Read the official report:

USDS and USA Swimming Foundation host the first joint Make-A-Splash event following DISCSC. 

August 2013

18 New American Records, 2 New World Records

The USDS Team took 11 swimmers to the 22nd Deaflympic Games in Sofia, Bulgaria.  The team, lead by Marcus Titus, achieved six medals total (2 Gold, 1 Silver, and 3 Bronze), 2 World Records, and 3 American Records.  Many members were first-time Deaflympians and earned personal best times in their swims.

August 2011

26 New American Records, 5 New World Records

The USDS Team took 19 Swimmers to World Deaf Swimming Championships in Coimbra, Portugal.  The team brought back a total of 22 medals (11 Gold, 4 Silver, and 7 Bronze).  The USDS Team was named 2011 World Deaf Swimming Champions.  Marcus Titus was named Swimmer of the Meet and Coach Bill Snape was named Coach of the Meet.

August 2009

14 New American Records, 8 World Records

21st Deaflympic Games were held in Taipei, Taiwan.  The US Swim Team brings home two bronze medals.  100% of US Team performed best times.


The United States Deaf Swimming (USDS) organization was formed and filed a 501 (c) (3).

January 2005

The 20th Deaflympic Games were held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Center in Melbourne, Australia. The USA Swim Team brings home six medals, three silver and three bronze. Twelve swimmers and one coach represented the US Swim Team.

July 2001

19th Deaflympic Games in Rome, Italy. USA Swim Team wins 17 medals in swimming and a fifth place finish in water polo. Ten swimmers and two coaches are on the USA team roster representing USADSF/USAAD.

June 1998

Deaf swimmers participate for the first time at the USA Swimming Disability Championships, twelve deaf swimmers competed.

July 1997

At the World Games for the Deaf in Copenhagen, Denmark, USAAD swimmers win 24 medals while the water polo players win the silver medal. Ten swimmers, twelve players, and three coaches and one team manager represented USAAD on the USA team roster.

June 1997

USAAD launches its first WWW page.

November 1996

USAAD hosts a successful fundraising casino event in Huntington Beach, CA.

June 1996

Six swimmers participate in a youth development camp in Iowa. USAAD hosts an alumni swim meet with veterans from 1969-1993 World Games for the Deaf.

August 1995

USAAD sends a team to the 1st World Championships in Brugge, Belgium. USAAD brings home 35 swimming medals and a bronze medal in water polo.

March 1995

USAAD sends six swimmers, one coach, and one team manager to an invitational in Malmo, Sweden.

November 1994

USAAD hosts a successful fundraising dinner/entertainment event in Buena Park, CA (Casino Night).

October 1994

Fourteen members participated in AAAD/USAAD coaching clinic.

June 1994

USAAD sends seven swimmers, one coach, and one team manager to the annual USS DSO camp.

July 1993

World Games for the Deaf in Sofia, Bulgaria. USAAD brings home 33 swimming medals and a gold medal in water polo. Twelve swimmers, thirteen players, and two coaches are on the USA team roster representing AAAD/USAAD.

October 1992

USAAD sends four swimmers and one coach to an invitational in Minsk, Belarus.

September 1992

USAAD attends the annual USWP convention in Colorado.

June 1992

Swimming and water polo tryouts are held in Fremont, CA. Twenty eight swimmers, twenty two players, 4 coaches, and 5 officials’ participated. Athletes and coaches were selected for the 1993 World Games for the Deaf.

April 1992

USAAD hosts its first annual Easter water polo camp at Cypress College. This lasts from 1992-1997.

January 1992

USAAD sends eight swimmers, one coach, and one official to Can-Am dual meet in Calgary, Canada.

November 1991

Twelve players and two coaches participated in USAAD's first annual Thanksgiving water polocamp at Cypress College. This lasts from 1991-1996.

September 1991

USAAD attends the annual USS convention in Kentucky. USAAD continues to send a representative to the annual USS convention.

September 1991

USAAD prints its first newsletter. USAAD has three editors since the founding of the organization: Lisa Herberger, Russ Bye, and Carrie Miller.

Summer 1991

USAAD begins to supports water polo tournament fees in California and continues to do so today.

July 1991

USAAD sends seven swimmers to a swim development camp in Mission Bay, Florida.

November 1990

USAAD holds its first meeting. Doug Matchett, Barbara Ogle, and Reed Gershwind were present.

Past Games

2009 Taipei, Taiwan

2005 Melbourne, Australia

2001 Rome, Italy

1997 Copenhagen, Denmark

1993 Sofia, Bulgaria

1989 Christchurch, New Zealand

1985 Los Angeles, USA