Joseph A. Krasevec
Retired, Georgia State University Water Fitness Expert
2011 Paragon Award / Recreational Swimming
For almost 40 years, Joe Krasevec has worked to increase the development and benefits of water exercise, pioneering new programs of exercising in the water.
In the early 1980’s, he developed the ‘HydroRobics’ water exercise program and was the principle author of the book HydroRobics, published in 1984 by Leisure Press and later by Human Kinetics Publishers. It was later translated into both Portuguese and Japanese.
Sensing a very limited national coordination among water exercise instructors and authors, in 1985 he began to work with Louise Priest (CNCA) to organize an ‘exploratory meeting’ at a CNCA National Conference which included select water exercise professionals from around the country. This led to the formation of the National Advisory Committee on Aquatic Exercise (NA CAE), which he chaired. After presenting papers at several national aquatic conferences, attending international aquatic professionals took a serious interest in his program and invited him to conduct instructor workshops in both Brazil (1989, ‘90, ‘92, ‘93) and Australia 1987 for a one month tour - four cities and thirteen workshops.
In 1987 the National YMCA (Tom Wertz, Aquatic Director) asked permission to adopt his “HydroRobics Program” as the official program of the YMCA under the name Y’s Way to Water Exercise. Joe was asked to write the national instructor-training manual published the next year. The ‘Y’ used the program for almost 12 years!
From 1976 to 1998, Joe conducted several instructor-training workshops in Atlanta and around the country. He has taught water exercise at the Vinings Corporate Dining and Athletic Club since its opening 20 years ago and still has many charter members from the original class.
After 22 years, Joe retired in 1998 from Georgia State University (GSU), but continues to teach an Exercise Science course (Fitness & Training Concepts) at GSU in which he exposes the students to water exercise concepts under the heading of ‘exercise environments’. He also teaches fencing at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA.
In Joe’s words, “I am extremely humbled to be a 2011 recipient of the ISHOF Paragon Award which represents a successful career of approximately 50 years in the recreational sports/aquatic industry. When I retired I spent my first year reflecting over the many years of my professional career to question whether or not I made a contribution to the profession. I am proud to be among a class of individuals who have achieved outstanding success in their aquatic professions and are deserving of this award. Receiving the Paragon Award has reminded me that my work has made a significant difference in contributing to the well-being of individuals throughout the world.”