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USA Swimming Foundation Awards $507,461 in the First Round of 2019 Grant Funding for Make a Splash Local Partners

Posted by | March 27, 2019 | Drowning Prevention, Grants, Swim School, Swim Team, Swimmers, Swimming, Uncategorized, USA Swimming, Water Safety, YMCA

By USA Swimming Foundation  | Tuesday, March 26, 2019 

Funding for free or reduced-cost swim lessons to help children across the country

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The USA Swimming Foundation announced today that it has awarded $507,461 to learn-to-swim programs across the country through its first-round of 2019 grant funding for Make a Splash Local Partners. The grants will go towards swim lesson programs, providing 25,705 children with the opportunity to learn how to swim.

The USA Swimming Foundation vetted more than 240 applications through a competitive annual review process and chose 85 programs to receive funding, 26 of whom are first time USA Swimming Foundation grant recipients. Since 2007, the USA Swimming Foundation has awarded more than $6.2 million dollars to help fund learn-to-swim programs across the country. 

“It’s an incredible feeling to know that USA Swimming Foundation funding will be used to create a valuable swimming experience for tens of thousands of children who may not have had the opportunity to learn how to swim,” USA Swimming Foundation Executive Director Debbie Hesse said. “We are thrilled with the depth of this year’s Make a Splash Local Partner applicant pool and we couldn’t be prouder to support these exciting and lifesaving opportunities for children across the country. We owe a tremendous thank you to our partners and donors, who continue to make a difference.”

In 2018, through its Make a Splash Local Partner network, the USA Swimming Foundation helped provide more than 1.3 million children with swimming lessons. Together, the Foundation and their network of 1,000 swim lesson providers across the country are helping to spread national awareness on the importance of learning to swim and bringing together strategic partners to end drowning. More than 7.5 million children have now been served since 2007.

The following USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partners will receive funding through this first round of 2019 grant awards: 

Akron Area YMCAAkron, OH
Allegan Public Schools
Allegan, MI

Ambush Swim School Nacogdoches, TX
Angels of America’s FallenColorado Springs, CO
Beatrice Mary Family YMCABeatrice, NE
Belle Chasse YMCABelle Chasse, LA
BGSU Recreation & WellnessBowling Green, OH
Bloomington Community EducationBloomington, MN
Bridgeport YMCABridgeport, CT
Brooklyn Center Community CenterBrooklyn Center, MN
Buffalo City Swim RacersBuffalo, NY
Charles River AquaticsLynnfield, MA
City of Arlington AquaticsArlington, TX
City of BakersfieldBakersfield, CA
City of Boynton BeachBoynton Beach, FL
City of Brooklyn ParkBrooklyn Park, MN
City of Jersey CityJersey City, NJ
City of New York Department of Parks & RecreationNew York, NY
City of South MiamiSouth Miami, FL
City of UrbandaleUrbandale, IA
City of West Palm BeachWest Palm Beach, FL
Dad’s Club Swim StartHouston, TX
DeKalb Aquatics Swim Team Inc.Snellville, GA
Duke UniversityDurham, NC
Everett YMCAEverett, WAFive Cities Swim Club INCArroyo Grande, CA
Fort Worth Drowning Prevention CoalitionFort Worth, TX
Fox Valley Family YMCAPlano, IL
Goldfish Swim School – Owings MillsOwings Mills, MD
Greater Milford Boys & Girls ClubMilford, DE
Greensboro Aquatic CenterGreensboro, NC
Greenview Dolphins Swim TeamColumbia, SC
Harris County Aquatic ProgramHouston, TX
Hawaii Aquatics AcademyKailua, HI
Holland Community Aquatic CenterHolland, MI
Horizons SavannahSavannah, GA
Hunterdon County YMCAAnnandale, NJ
Hurricane AquaticsCoral Gables, FL
Kenosha YMCAKenosha, WILeadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership, Inc.New Haven, CT
Machine Swim SchoolVienna, VA
Madison Area YMCAMadison, NJ
Metro Parks TacomaTacoma, WA
Metropolitan YMCA of OrangesHardyston, NJ
Muskegon YMCAMuskegon, MI
Newport Penguins Swim and Dive TeamNewport, KY
Robbinsdale Area Schools ISD #281Plymouth, MN
Rocklin Swim TeamRocklin, CASafeSplash Swim Schools-Little ElmFrisco, TX
SafeSplash Swim Schools-McKinneyMcKinney, TX
Salvation Army Boys & Girls ClubHouston, TX
Sandhills SandsharksSouthern Pines, SC
St. Lucie County Parks & Recreation-AquaticsFt. Pierce, FL
Swim Beyond LLCAtlanta,
GASWIMkids USA, Inc.Mesa,
AZSwimLabs Highlands RanchHighlands Ranch,
COSwimLabs El Dorado HillsEl Dorado Hills,
CASwimLabs LittletonLittleton,
COSwimtastic Swim School-Cape CoralCape Coral, FL
Swimtastic Swim School-Fort MyersFort Myers, FL
Swimtastic Swim School-NaplesNaples, FL
The Gateway Family YMCA- Rahway BranchRahway, NJ
The Greater Marco Family YMCAMarco Island, FL
The HUB Recreation CenterMarion, IL
The Roeper SchoolBloomfield Hills, MIUniversity of Houston, Recreation & Wellness CenterHouston, TX
Upper Valley Aquatic CenterWhite River Junction, VT
Valley of the Moon AquaticsSonoma, CA
Walter Schroeder Aquatic CenterBrown Deer, WI
West Cook YMCAOak Park, IL
Williams YMCA of Avery CountyLinville, NC
YMCA of Broome County, Binghamton BranchBinghamton, NY
YMCA of Broome County, West Family BranchJohnson City, NY
YMCA of DelawareWilmington, DEYMCA of Greater Charlotte,
Simmons BranchCharlotte, NCYMCA of Greater Kansas CityKansas City, MO
YMCA of Greater San AntonioSan Antonio, TX
YMCA of Kokomo IndianaKokomo, IN
YMCA of Marion & Polk CountiesSalem, OR
YMCA of Orange CountyTustin, CA
YMCA of the Greater Twin CitiesEdina, MN
YMCA of VinelandVineland, NJ
YMCA of Greater Houston AreaHouston, TX
YMCA of WaycrossWaycross, GA
YWCA Evanston North ShoreEvanston, IL

The USA Swimming Foundation works to strengthen the sport of swimming by raising funds to support programs that save lives and build champions, in the pool and in life. To find, get, or give a swim lesson visit: www.usaswimmingfoundation.org

To learn more about the USA Swimming Foundation and the Make a Splash initiative, including grant opportunities, please visit www.usaswimmingfoundation.org/makeasplash, or follow us at http://www.facebook.com/SwimFoundation

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Your city could host the Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66

Posted by | March 1, 2019 | Diversity, Drowning Prevention, USA Swimming, Water Safety

By USA Swimming Foundation  | Friday, February 22, 2019 

As the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66 enters its 11th year, with more than 50 stops across the country, we want you to tell us why your community deserves to host a tour stop as part of a national media campaign focusing on the importance of learning to swim!

The winning host will earn a coveted USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Tour stop in their city, including an appearance by a minimum of two USA Swimming Foundation Ambassadors, and a USA Swimming Foundation grant* to support swim lesson scholarships for children in their local community!

Host proposals are now being accepted for one of four 2019 Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66 locations for a late-May, 2019 event date.**  The Foundation is seeking a comprehensive proposal package highlighting the community’s ability to promote the importance of learning to swim and water safety to a wide audience in a one-day format, to include, but not limited to:  national and local media opportunities; community engagement and involvement; and the ability to make a difference in your community through swimming lessons.  

The winning bid will be selected based on the host’s ability to support the primary goal of the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Tour, raising awareness about the importance of learning to swim, by leveraging their relationships with local media, organizations, and the community at large to maximize the impact of the event. The winning bid will be a cooperative decision between representatives of the USA Swimming Foundation and Phillips 66.

Interested parties must complete the online proposal application using the link provided below no later than Friday, March 8, 2019 at 5pm EST.  The winning bid will be announced on or before March 15, 2019. 

In addition to the initial announcement and all subsequent USA Swimming Foundation event promotions, the USA Swimming Foundation will provide a minimum of two USA Swimming Foundation Ambassadors, signage and event branding, USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash protocol and educational materials for participants/attendees, USA Swimming Foundation event, Public Relations, photography and videography support, and a grant to the host organization to support swim lesson opportunities for children in the community.  

Upon selection, parties involved in the winning bid must meet the minimum requirements for, and be willing and able to participate in, the appropriate USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash network (Local Partner, Task Force, Affiliate); the requirements of which can be located here:  www.usaswimmingfoundation.org/makeasplash .  Parties involved in the winning bid [depending how previously defined] may be required to complete, sign, and return to USA Swimming Foundation a W-9, an affidavit of eligibility, a grant agreement, and a liability and publicity release.  

For questions regarding the bid process or the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Tour, please contact us at masinfo@usaswimming.org, 719-866-3546.

*USA Swimming Foundation grants for swim lessons must be directed to a provider of swim lessons

** Specific date to be determined based on host, athlete, and Foundation availability

Click here to view official contest rules. 

The USA Swimming Foundation seeks to raise national awareness about the importance of learning to swim.  Entering its 11th year, the Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66 visits cities across America with the help of USA Swimming Foundation Ambassadors and National Team athletes to spread the life-saving message of learn-to-swim to children, families, and communities.  The Tour has enhanced publicity and expanded the reach of the Make a Splash initiative to a wide audience of parents, learn-to-swim providers, educators, and community leaders, and received extensive national media exposure in outlets such as Sports Illustrated, the Today Show, HBO Real Sports and more.  To learn more about the USA Swimming Foundation and the Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66, visit www.usaswimmingfoundation.org/tour.

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Active Lifeguarding Saves Lives!

Posted by | January 13, 2019 | Drowning Prevention, Lifeguard Jobs, Lifeguards, Water Safety

By USA Management

We have all seen the cliché of the lifeguard sitting in the stand with dark sunglasses, relaxed, a rescue tube nearby and twirling their whistle. The chances are strong that you may believe that is the job of a lifeguard. Well, the times have changed. Newton’s First Law of Motion states that a body at rest will remain at rest, unless an outside force acts on it, and a body in motion will remain in motion.  Our understanding of the physiological impact of motion as it relates to water safety and lifeguards has evolved. We believe that lifeguards can help drastically change the drowning statistics using three primary tools.

  1. Active lifeguarding
  2. Parents Supervising their children
  3. Risk management – (Who can/cannot swim)

The overwhelming reality is that nearly 3,600 people unintentionally drown annually in the United States alone. One in five drownings are children under the age of 14. Children between the ages of 1-4 years old are the second leading cause of death. The lifeguard industry must adapt and get Serious On Safety™ (SOS). Research and training enhancements are leading aquatic professionals to embrace a new lifeguarding mantra that is called ”Active Lifeguarding”. What is Active Lifeguarding? A certified swimmer who constantly is in a state of motion enforcing water safety rules and ready to assist patrons that have a need.

A lifeguard’s main responsibility is to enforce water safety rules by encouraging parents to be responsible for their child’s safety. If an incident were to occur around water or at an aquatic facility a lifeguard training is in proving first response to a victim. Parents Supervise – Lifeguards Save Lives!  A lifeguards success deeply depends on having a fresh mind and a constant awareness of who can and cannot swim. Children are not the only high risks around water. Many adults are non-swimmers or have poor swimming abilities. Understanding that a lifeguards focus is observing swimmers within their zone requires regular awareness and parental supervision. Historically lifeguards sit in a chair and watch. Now Active Lifeguarding relies on the physical movement of a lifeguard as well as the changing of body position while moving their eyes along every square foot of their zone to maintain focus on each swimmer as well as identifying their highest risk. Each lifeguard should take measured deliberate paces from their station, 20 paces to the left and 20 paces to the right, while scanning their zone.  Most importantly a lifeguard must always identify their highest risks and address each risk in a proactive manner. EXAMPLE: If a lifeguard is actively scanning their zone and identifies a non-swimmer without a parent or a guardian providing touch-supervision than that lifeguard would take action by having the identified non-swimmer removed from the water until proper touch-supervision is provided. Lifeguards are NOT “water-sitters”. Active lifeguarding techniques help to keep lifeguards in an alert and ready position allowing them a quicker response time should an incident arise. As the lifeguard actively moves within their station while scanning their zone with full body motion of pacing, counting swimmers, identifying who can swim and locate their highest risk water users breaks up the monotony of a rotation and allows their mind to remain focused on task of enforcing water safety rules. It is imperative for children that cannot swim or are poor swimmers to be properly supervised by their parents at all times! This active approach has drastically reduced the need for lifeguard stands and, in most cases, eliminates the need for one.

Parental supervision and identifying non-swimmers are critical to drowning reduction. As research has shown the majority of drowning victims cannot swim. When patrons enter a swimming facility a lifeguard team cannot assume that patrons will make safe decisions. Furthermore, lifeguards cannot assume that everyone can swim. Due to the aforementioned facts and statistics, it is recommended that all children under 14 years old must be tested to identify their swimming skills. After each child is tested for their swimming skills then each child should be “tagged” and recorded. A red or yellow armband tag usually denotes non-swimmers and therefore must have proper parental or guardian supervision. A green armband tag usually denotes unrestricted swimming and then should be within their parents or guardians site and swim with a buddy (the buddy system). This mandatory screening allows the lifeguard staff to manage the water responsibly by enforcing touch-supervision for non-swimmers. Equally important to incident response is incident prevention. This process of screening and identifying risk empowers lifeguards to be more effective in doing their duty.

These techniques allow lifeguards to make overall risk management decisions on how to safely protect swimmers and non-swimmers in and around water. Facility operators when equipped with these basic principles will be able to structure various areas to allow everyone to enjoy water safely. In order to assist facilities and promote water safety awareness in communities signage and literature should be visual posted and engaging to help explain these important methods.  To help promote water safety awareness aquatic facilities should have proper signage and literature to help explain the importance of these methods. Educating children and making parents aware of the dangers in and around water will help empower your lifeguard staff. Watch Around Water™ (WAW) is a good resource to use in helping raise awareness for the safety of children in and around water. Understanding that the solution to attacking the drowning statistics starts with awareness and compelling parents to be accountable for their children, especially around water. The old adage that “Safety starts at home” is very true. The undeniable solution for risk management is to test all children under 14, properly identify swimmer and non-swimmer, label them properly to allow for easy identification, mandate parental supervision by enforcing touch-supervision, support the buddy system (no swimming alone), and finally implement Active Lifeguarding practices for your lifeguards/first responders to manage swim zones in an alert, focused, motion driven, actively engaging water scanning routine.

USA Managment


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Auxdron Lifeguard Drone rescues swimmers from Spanish beach – sUAS News 

Posted by | August 16, 2018 | Lifeguard Jobs, Lifeguards, Open Water Lifeguards, Water Rescue, Water Rescue Training, Water Safety


As part of the Lifeguard team and now ever present on the beach in the port of Sagunto, Spain, the Auxdron Lifeguard Drone was ready and waiting as one of the Lifeguards sounded the alarm that there were people caught in an undertow and looked like they needed help. This event happened on Wednesday the 15th of August on a beach known to have strong undertows under certain conditions. The Lifeguard team are well aware of the danger and are trained for these specific situations. One of the most important parts of such a rescue is the response time to the victims. Adrian Plazas and Enrique Fernandez were two Lifeguards who knew this more than most. Together they started a company to design and build a Drone that was capable of saving lives. Three years later their vision was realised when the drone, they developed, saved the life of a woman caught in an undertow that could have cost her life.  READ MORE…

Source: https://www.suasnews.com

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Lifeguard saves 20-month-old at Sandbar Beach in South Glens Falls | Local | poststar.com

Posted by | August 16, 2018 | Lifeguards, Open Water Lifeguards, Water Rescue, Water Safety

A Sandbar Beach lifeguard was recognized Tuesday night for rescuing a 20-month-old boy at the beach in July in South Glens Falls. Post-Star file photo

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — A toddler nearly drowned at Sandbar Beach last month, but was rescued just in time by a lifeguard. The incident happened July 21, just after 3 p.m. A boy, 20 months old, was playing in the water with his mother.Lifeguard Sabrina Quintois, 19, had suggested that the boy wear a life jacket or puddle jumper. But his mother said he could swim — an unlikely feat at his age. Sure enough, as Quintois scanned the water for any signs of distress, she saw him slip under and not come back up. She blew her whistle and dove in. On the other side of the beach, another lifeguard saw the same thing and also ran for the water. Before he could get there, Quintois had reached the boy and lifted him out of the water. His mother was standing nearby but hadn’t realized the danger. “The child was not coughing or breathing,” said Supervisor Todd Kusnierz, reading from the report Quintois wrote. She administered three back blows in an attempt to restore breathing, since his heart was still beating.   READ MORE….

Source: Lifeguard saves 20-month-old at Sandbar Beach in South Glens Falls | Local | poststar.com

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Before waterslide attack he bit a lifeguard, police say –  www.mercurynews.com

Posted by | August 9, 2018 | Water Park, Water Safety

By NICK FERRARO | Pioneer Press  PUBLISHED: August 6, 2018 at 10:24 am | UPDATED: August 7, 2018 at 3:50 am

The man who allegedly pushed an 8-year-old boy off the top of a water slide onto the concrete below had just weeks earlier bit a lifeguard at the same pool, police say.Roman Alexander Adams, 18, of Maple Grove, Minn. was charged with third-degree assault in Dakota County District Court for allegedly picking up the boy Tuesday and pushing him off the top of a waterslide at the municipal pool in  Apple Valley, Minn.Roman Alexander Adams He was arrested on a warrant Wednesday at his father’s home and released from Dakota County Jail after posting a $50,000 bond.The boy broke a femur, bones in his shoulder and bones in his foot, Apple Valley police Capt. Nick Francis said Thursday.“I think this very well could have been a deadly incident,” he said. “Once we realized where this child fell from — the height which he fell from onto concrete — we were amazed that it only resulted in broken bones and other injuries. We were expecting much more internal injuries, head injuries and possible death.”


Source: https://www.mercurynews.com

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Savannah lifeguard shares swim safety advice after weekend drownings | WTGS

Posted by | August 9, 2017 | Drowning, Lifeguards, Water Safety

Savannah, Ga. (WTGS FOX28) — After two separate drownings in area waters over the weekend, a YMCA of Coastal Georgia lifeguard wants to make sure every child and adult that gets into any body of water comes out alive.Patrick Glenn has been a lifeguard with the organization for six years and said he is sad to hear a 19-year-old man drowned in the Ogeechee River and a 29-year-old man drowned in a Liberty County pond, both on Saturday. Read More…

Source: http://fox28media.com/news/local/savannah-lifeguard-shares-swim-safety-advice-after-two-weekend-drownings

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H-2B Visa Expansion Does Aquatics Industry Little Good| Aquatics International Magazine 

Posted by | August 7, 2017 | Aquatic Center, Drowning Prevention, Lifeguards, Uncategorized, Water Safety

The federal government is making 15,000 more foreign workers available to employers, but pool managers likely won’t benefit.

By Nate Traylor

The Dept. of Homeland Security recently raised the number of H-2B visas from 66,000 to 81,000 this fiscal year, deepening the talent pool for U.S. employers in need of seasonal workers. But with swim season winding down, pool management firms say it’s too late in the game to benefit.“There wouldn’t be any employees who’d want to come here for just a month,” said the representative of a pool management company who wished to remain anonymous. (These firms often speak on the condition of anonymity, citing concerns about competition.)That echoes the sentiments of many other seasonal industries that feel the expansion is well intended but ill-timed. The program permits non-skilled, non-agricultural foreign laborers to work short-term in seasonal industries, and it can take up to 90 days for applications to be approved. Read More…

Source: http://www.aquaticsintl.com

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Duluth Fire Department Tests New Water Rescue Equipment | www.WDIO.com

Posted by | August 2, 2017 | Water Rescue, Water Rescue Training, Water Safety

The Duluth Fire Department and Great Lakes Unmanned Systems tested a type of drone that can perform water rescues on Lake Superior, Tuesday afternoon.  The water rescue drone is called the EMILY, which stands for EMergency Integrated Life-saving LanYard.It is only about 25 pounds and goes up to 22 mph.  The equipment is made by a company out of Arizona, but is being used all around the world.  READ MORE…..

Source: Duluth Fire Department Tests New Water Rescue Equipment | www.WDIO.com

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This summer, swim safely | www.theacorn.com | The Acorn

Posted by | July 13, 2017 | Drowning, Drowning Prevention, Water Safety

This summer, swim safelyCOMMENTARY /// Water safety

Cooling off in a pool, lake or ocean is a great way to beat the heat—but there can be danger.Drowning is a leading cause of death in children under 14. One reason is that 70 percent of African American and 60 percent of Hispanic children don’t know how to swim, the USA Swimming Foundation reports. Minority children are also less involved in competitive swimming when compared to their white peers, comprising only 1 percent of USA Swimming membership.Some of the reasons include:

Source: This summer, swim safely | www.theacorn.com | The Acorn

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Drowning Prevention:Information for Parents from HealthyKids.org

Posted by | June 16, 2017 | Drowning Prevention, Water Safety

Drowning Prevention: Information for Parents – HealthyChildren.org

May 16, 2017 injuries-emergencies~American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) discusses the drowning warning signs, prevention, and what to do in a drowning …


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Michael Phelps Foundation Helps Families Stay Safer In And Around Pools 

Posted by | May 23, 2017 | Drowning Prevention, Water Safety

Michael Phelps – Pool Safely

a poolside press event over the weekend, hosted at a Boys & Girls Club in Chicago, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Pool Safely campaign and the Michael Phelps Foundation announced a new partnership focused on addressing a serious public health crisis: child drownings. Michael Phelps – Pool SafelyPool Safely and the Michael Phelps Foundation will collaborate to promote each other’s efforts to help prevent fatal and non-fatal child drownings in swimming pools and spas across the country. The Michael Phelps Foundation joins more than 1,000 Pool Safely partners that work together to educate individuals and families nationwide about the importance of being safer in and around the water.“CPSC is excited to collaborate with the greatest swimmer in the history of the sport and his Foundation to help educate millions of Americans and their families about the simple water safety steps that can save lives,” said CPSC Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic, who participated in today’s event. “By working together in a public-private partnership, Pool Safely and the Michael Phelps Foundation’s im program will help kids have a safer time in and around the water, this summer and beyond.”“We are pleased to partner with CPSC’s national drowning prevention campaign and continue to raise awareness for water safety initiatives,” said Michael Phelps, President of the Michael Phelps Foundation. “Our im program reaches thousands of youth and young adults year-round with water safety, wellness and goal-setting programming. The progress we have made to date is very encouraging, but we have more work to do. We are committed to helping people have a better understanding of how to be safer, yet still have fun, in and around the water. Join us – and other Olympic swimmers – in taking the Pool Safely Pledge!”“New data from the Pool Safely campaign shows a 17 percent decline in fatal drownings in pools since 2010 among the most vulnerable population: children younger than five,” said CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle. “We are making progress, but we need even more kids taking swim lessons, more adults serving as Water Watchers, more fences installed, and more people trained in CPR. Today’s swimming lesson with Michael and his Foundation serves as a reminder of the importance of all children learning how to swim — no matter where they live or what their circumstance.”At the partnership event, clinic participants received swim instruction, as well as learned about the importance of water safety. Children also took the Pool Safely Pledge, which affirms that they will: never swim alone, ask parents for swimming lessons, and stay away from drains in pools and hot tubs.Since its inception in 2010, the Pool Safely campaign has developed a network of partners that serve as the lifeblood of the campaign. These groups include local safety organizations to national entities, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Walmart, the American Red Cross, YMCA of the USA, the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and the Boy Scouts of America. Pool Safely partners have played a critical part in the campaign’s effort to increase awareness of water safety and prevent fatal and nonfatal child drownings and drain entrapments in pools and spas.Pool Safely is CPSC’s public education and outreach effort to prevent drownings and entrapments in swimming pools and spas.

The campaign provides a number of resources to help parents teach their children about water safety, including a new Kids Corner on the campaign’s newly designed website where parents will find:• the Pool Safely Song, written and recorded by children’s performer Laurie Berkner;• “The Adventures of Splish and Splash” smartphone app, available for free download on Android and Apple products; and• the Pool Safely Pledge, with Pledges specifically designed for kids (adults should take their version as well).

Source: https://www.looktothestars.org

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 International Water Safety Day is Today!

Posted by | May 16, 2017 | Drowning Prevention, Water Safety

May 15th is International Water Safety Day.  International Water Safety Day is designed to help spread global awareness of the ongoing drowning pandemic, and educate the youth in becoming safer in and around water. May 15th is a day to spread drowning awareness and water safety education by any means possible. The lack of water safety education has propelled drownings worldwide. Through interdependence, we can change that.

Source: http://internationalwatersafetyday.org/

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 ‘Please let this baby breathe’: Dramatic Texas water rescue 

Posted by | May 2, 2017 | Swift Water Rescue, Water Rescue, Water Safety

Monday, May 1, 2017,  – Good Samaritans in Texas worked together to rescue an infant and toddler from an overturned vehicle trapped in a torrent of flood water on Saturday (April 29). The video featured above shows how the dramatic rescue unfolded. With the help of tools and their bare hands, passer-by’s were able to pry open the doors and get inside. The good Samaritans then dragged the children to safety and helped to resuscitate them. The children’s father was also in the vehicle, WFAA reported.The incident took place near Myrtle Springs — about 10 miles north of Canton where a deadly tornado left a path of destruction. According to Phillip Ocheltree, he and his family were leaving their home to escape flooding when their truck “hydroplaned” off the wet road and flipped into a ditch. On his Facebook page, Ocheltree said that his baby son, Marshal, was doing well and that his two-year-old daughter, Addy, was “stable and doing much better,” late on April 30.

Watch video  here

Source: News – ‘Please let this baby breathe’: Dramatic Texas water rescue – The Weather Network

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San Antonio Girl Scout will be honored for preventing a drowning 

Posted by | April 19, 2017 | Drowning Prevention, Water Safety

Photo: Alma E. Hernandez /For The San Antonio Express News

Kylin Balin, 10, will be receiving a livesaving award from the Girl Scouts of the USA for rescuing a boy at a swimming pool.Kylin Bain was sitting at the edge of the pool at a family gathering in Port Arthur last October when she noticed that a younger child had strayed into the deep end and appeared to be in trouble.“He kept going under,” said Kylin, a 10-year-old fourth-grader at St. Monica Catholic School.Though she felt pretty comfortable in the shallow end of the pool, she had never had formal swim training, much less lifesaving lessons. Even so, when she saw that little boy struggling and heard his grandmother scream for help, Kylin sprang into action.“I slapped down my phone and I dived in and I pulled him until he could stand up,” she said.It was a tough thing to do. Though the boy was a year younger, he was taller than her. And he was frightened.“He was kind of grabbing me and trying to sink me in (the water) because he was scared,” Kylin said. “He was holding on to my waist and I had to go under water and swim.”MOST POPULAR1 Exxon chooses site near Corpus for massive $9.3B petrochemical…2 Popular anchor exits S.A. TV; likable vet in her place3 Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki cheers Spurs playoff push, is…The incident was scary for the adults, too.“Everybody was in shock because she just dove in,” said Kylin’s mom, Felicia Bain. “I’m like, ‘She can’t swim.’ It definitely shows you how somebody can drown in a split-second because we were just kind of standing there with our mouths open.”Kylin, who is an active member of Girl Scout Troop 1318 in Schertz, will be recognized for her bravery at a ceremony in May. She will receive the Lifesaving Bronze Cross from the Girl Scouts of the USA. The award is given to scouts for saving or attempting to save someone’s life while putting their own lives at risk.Kylin’s troop leader, Angela Roundtree, said she was surprised when she heard about what happened — “Her mother had said Kylin is not a good swimmer” — but she’s also proud.“It shows these girls can do anything,” she said.After this summer, the list of things Kylin can do will grow by at least one: Her mom and her dad will be signing her up for swim lessons.Formal swim lessons are a key to water safety, said Crystal Vega, association aquatics director for the YMCA of Greater San Antonio. Lessons ingrain skills so that if a swimmer finds herself in trouble, she knows what to do, decreasing the odds that a tragedy will occur.“I just had a mother tell me that she was at the lake with her daughter, who is 4, and she fell into the water,” Vega said. “She just rolled onto her back.”More InformationWater safety tipsKnow what you’re doing, and make sure your kids do, too. Enroll the little ones in swim lessons and, if you can’t swim, sign yourself up, too. The YMCA offers parent/child classes for families. It also offers scholarships for those who need help covering fees.Supervise youngsters in the water closely. The YMCA, for instance, requires that a parent be within arm’s length of any swimmer age 6 or younger.Start early. Babies can begin building the foundation for water skills as early as 6 months. Those classes emphasize play and comfort in the water and progress from there as the youngsters develop their skills.Hire a lifeguard for pool parties. If that’s not possible, make sure someone will take responsibility for keeping an eye on those in the water. That person should make sure that they scan the pool carefully, focusing not just on the surface but below it, too.Make sure that life jackets and other flotation devices are Coast Guard-approved. That designation indicates that it’s actual safety equipment. Without it, the device “is not certified to save your life,” said Crystal Vega, association aquatics director for the YMCA of Greater San Antonio.Deborah MartinSource: YMCA of Greater San AntonioThe little girl, who has been taking swim lessons at the Y, didn’t seem shaken by what happened, the mom told Vega. Instead, she said, “she was mad because she got dirty.”The national YMCA spent three years updating the way that it teaches swimming, placing the emphasis on water safety.The San Antonio Y also is developing a program to offer free swim lessons at apartment pools this summer. Two children in Bexar County drowned in apartment pools last year, according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.“We want to curb the drowning rate,” Vega said.

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