Article 192 c.2008 (From The National Association of Underwater
|NAUI Instructor Harry Hauck|
|In January, the city of Detroit's Parks and
Recreation Department held "The Harry Hauck Recreation Swimming Relays,"
their annual swimming relay champion-ships, now renamed to honor swimmer,
coach, evironmentalist (and NAUI Instructor) Harry Hauck. The event was
organized at the behest of a group of Hauck's ex-swimmers, who petitioned
the city to recognize Hauck's contribution to Detroit's swimming
Harry grew up a non-swimmer in Detroit. He learned to swim after high school and in three short years became a swimming instructor for the Detroit Recreation Department and a varsity swimmer and All-American water polo player at Wayne State University. He took time out during the Korean War to join the U.S. Navy and served as a member of its "Frogman" UDT Team. After his discharge, he returned to college and to his position as swimming instructor and coach for Detroit.
|In 1964 Harry Moved to Puerto Rico. He began as
coach for the Caribe Hilton Swim and Tennis Club. In following years, he
introduced men's and women's water polo, women's synchronized swimming,
and Masters swimming into Puerto Rico. He was head coach of the Puerto
Rico men's water polo team for two CCAN games and one Pan American Games.
He has coached 137 U.S. state and national champion swimmers, divers, and
water polo players.
Harry became a NAUI Instuctor in 1969 (NAUI #1723) and added scuba instuction to his teaching repetoire. He has since taught thousands of divers. An early active environmentalist, he worked to generate public awareness in the aquatic environment of Puerto Rico, organizing volunteer underwater clean-ups of the island's public beaches and making regular educational presentations for children and the general public. He was
|named Environmental Citizen of the Year by the EPA
in 1992, and NAUI recognized his work by honoring him with its
Environmental Enrichment Award in 1993, which at his request he shared
jointly with the Fort Buchannan Dive Team.|
He is also known as an ultra-long distance swimmer. Among his accomplishments are a non-stop swim from St. Thomas, USVI, to Puerto Rico at age 53, a record-setting relay swim with his family across the English Channel at age 57, a circumnavigation swim around Puerto Rico at age 60 as part of an anti-drug crusade (36 days), and two 24-hour non-stop swims at ages 65 and 66 to highlight AIDS awareness.
Harry is still an active NAUI Instructor, still training new divers to enjoy the underwater world. He will be 80 years old on November 14, certainly one of NAUI's senior active instructors.