Teaching Water Safety: An Out of the Classroom Experience
Jessica Barnes, President, Cayla's Coats Inc
In Citrus County Florida we are taking a non traditional approach to teaching water safety to fifth grade students. Partnering with the Citrus County Education Foundation’s Book, Line, & Thinkers program allows Cayla’s Coats to reach out and educate students on the importance of Life Jacket useage and water safety.
Aquaticity: A New Method for Assessing Swim Skills
Stacey Bender, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Texas State University, Dept HHP | Jo An Zimmerman, Ph.D., CPRE, Associate Professor, Texas State University, Dept HHP
Many local park and recreation agencies and nonprofit associations offer swim lessons in an effort to reduce drowning rates in their community. There are many approaches to teaching swim lessons, Red Cross, Ellis, YMCA and British Swim School to name a few. Each one of these programs has its own levels with its own testing processes. But what if there was one skills test that worked regardless of lesson type? One that gave participants a numeric score on six skills known to not only show evidence of one’s comfort in the water but also line up with skills suggested by the American Academy of Pediatrics as essential to basic water competence? This session will discuss a method for accomplishing this. Research has been conducted using the assessment for both adults and children. Practical applications will be discussed.
Ditch “Break the Grip of the Rip” and Flip, Float, Follow
Dave Benjamin, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project
It is time to update the Rip Current Survival Strategy, “Break the Grip of the Rip”. The mantra is “Break the Grip of the Rip!” Don’t Panic. Swim Parallel to shore and then back to shore.” If we just breakdown the message.
- “Break” defined = to separate into parts with suddenness or violence; to cause (a bone) to separate into two or more pieces; to cause an open wound. So “break” means to use force or exert energy. If someone is caught in a rip current, we do not want them to exert energy; especially if the instinct is to swim against the current back to shore.
- “Don’t panic” = Drowning is a life and death situation and most people do not know that panic is the first stage of drowning. One’s instinct is to fight to survive aka exert energy aka “break the grip of the rip.” Also, most people do not have experience with panic attacks and how to overcome a panic attack, especially in a life and death situation. So, it is important to know that panic is the first stage of drowning and that one’s instinct is to fight to survive, but we want these drowning victims to do the opposite of his or her instinct and float to give them the opportunity to relax, breath, and survive.
- Swim Parallel to shore – There are several things wrong with this strategy.
- First off, depending where a person is in a rip current, swimming parallel to shore may be swimming against the current.
- A person’s perception of the world when in a rip current is typically only 6 inches above the water. It is very difficult to ascertain which way a current may be pulling a person.
- Research states:
- That 80% of drowning victims are male (Males have a tendency to overestimate their abilities, take risks, and more susceptible to peer pressure – deadly in water) So males are more likely to try to Break the Grip of the Rip and overestimate their abilities
- That 66% of all drowning victims are good strong swimmers (World Conference on Drowning; Two Thirds of People Who Drown Are Strong Swimmers) and that 54% of Americans do not have the basic swimming abilities to save their own lives in a water emergency (according to a Red Cross Report So if 66% of all drownings are good swimmers and 54% of Americans do not have the basic swimming ability to survive a water emergency, the why would we tell a drowning victim in a rip current to swim? The odds are against the average person going into the water. The best and most practical strategy is to do nothing, float, breathe, conserve energy, and try to signal for help. If a person doesn’t get over the initial moment of panic when the drowning begins, they will likely exhaust all of his or her energy and submerge. But if they can float for 2 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 or more minutes, they are buying time for self-rescue to happen or for professional rescuers to arrive. Ditch “Break the Grip of the Rip” and Flip, Float, and Follow.
Water Baby Culture-Is it What is Safest for our Children?
Jenny Bennett, Executive Director, Parents Preventing Childhood Drowning | Christi Brown, Executive Director, Judah Brown Project
Our culture encourages teaching kids confidence around water, without teaching them competence in it. In this presentation, we will discuss the different elements of this culture that we believe contribute to young children drowning, why it happens and how to change our culture to make it safer for the most at risk age group for drowning.
Innovative Strategies: Water Safety Education for Children and Families
Jessica Brown, Program & Education Director, Colin's Hope
We know that reaching children and their families with water safety education is just one important layer in our efforts to prevent drowning. But HOW are we doing this? Can we maximize our resources and expertise by thinking past traditional learning tools? Yes, we can! Join us for a dynamic session on innovative strategies we can use to engage children and families in water safety education. Colin’s Hope will share examples of community partnerships that have transformed over the years, programs or tools that were created for specific audiences, and talk about how relying on the expertise of partnering organizations has allowed our mission to expand beyond our own reach. Then, attendees will highlight their own existing partnerships and programs and brainstorm scalable opportunities to extend efforts in their community.
ONLINE WATER SAFETY IS FUN!
Jessica Brown, Program & Education Director, Colin's Hope
It’s no secret that online tools are popular among children of all ages. Even schools capitalize on technology to help better engage their students in the learning process. Now, families, teachers, swim instructors, camps (and more!) worldwide can teach their children critical water safety behaviors using their favorite electronic devices. Join Colin’s Hope as we share our NEW online curriculum Water Safety with Colin & Friends (www.drowningispreventable.org). We walk through ways your organization, swim school, and more can utilize this tool alongside your programming or as a stand-alone resource.
A Whole Community Approach to Drowning Prevention
Karen Cohn, Co-Founder, The ZAC Foundation
Learn how to Effectively convene key stakeholders, analyze community needs and develop strategies to impact water safety strategies locally
Addressing Water Safety in Swim Lessons Through Repetition and SwimPlay
Clarey Collins, Curriculum Development Manager, Goldfish Swim School Franchising | James Collins, Curriculum Development Manager, Goldfish Swim School Franchising
We know that every parent should take the necessary steps to ensure their child knows how to swim, as well as to respect the water. However, drowning continues to be the number one cause of accidental death for children ages 1-4 â€“ either because many children don’t receive water safety or swim education at a young enough age, or they don’t receive it at all, or because they don’t retain the skills and knowledge needed. We’ll explore the benefits of repetitive learning. and learning through guided play, to help young children commit life-saving swim skills both to muscle and cognitive memory, in an effort to help combat the staggering statistics.
USA Swimming’s Lesson Network Reboot
Tina Dessart, Director, Pre-Competitive Programs, USA Swimming
USA Swimming has a new database! Join us as we explore what this means for our learn to swim (formerly Make a Splash) network, your learn to swim/pre-competitive program, and the Learn to Swim Grant application process. This session will explain USA Swimming’s role in the learn to swim space, the benefits of participation in USA Swimming’s learn to swim and pre-competitive network, and how to navigate the new application process.
One Size Doesn't Fit All: How to Adapt Aquatic Instruction for Individuals with Disabilities
Dr. Emily Dow, Assistant Professor, University of the Incarnate Word
It is essential that aquatic professionals have the skill set needed to provide appropriate teaching progressions when working with individuals with varying ability differences. This presentation will provide an overview of aquatic skills, water safety, and water competence as it relates to individuals with disabilities. In addition, the presentation will walk participants through the process of looking at guidelines for creating inclusive aquatic activities. Participants will have an opportunity to brainstorm strategies, ask questions, and engage in scholarly discourse. By using adapted and individualized teaching methods that are specific for individuals with varying ability differences, aquatic professionals are equipping individuals with disabilities the skills to swim independently and safer. With proper education, awareness, and understanding, aquatic professionals can modify aquatic skills for individual differences.
First Timers Session
Mary Downing, Volunteer, NDPA
Impediments to Victim Recognition: A Review of the Literature
Dr. Claudia Duncan, CEO, Professional Pool Management
The safety of the public at guarded swimming sites, depends primarily on effective scanning by lifeguards. The circumstances surrounding drownings indicate that most drownings are preventable. From the standpoint of prevention, scanning is the most important part of the lifeguard’s job, though it can be the most challenging. In fact, scanning is the primary function of lifeguards, though lifeguard training focuses predominantly on first aid and rescue skills. Effective scanning may help the lifeguard detect those who are, or may be, in a high-risk category and hence, be more likely to get into trouble. Effective scanning, or surveillance, can assist the guard in assessing developing problems both in and out of the water. So why it is then, that we still having drownings at guarded aquatic venues? This presentation will review the literature on this important problem.
Pediatric Drowning Prevention and Pre-Hospital Treatment
Monica Fernandez, EMT and Swim Instructor, Baby Survival Swim
Every year 332,000 people drown, 175,000 are children. It is estimated that 2 to 3 million children 1-14 suffer non fatal drownings. (Image of stadium to represent the amount of children) Every 3 minutes a child drowns and dies, for every child that dies, 8 suffer non fatal drownings serious enough to require hospitalization. Where do they drown? Buckets, pools, lakes, rivers, etc. Drowning is a process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion or immersion in liquid. With 3 outcomes: death, morbidity or no morbidity. The drowning process goes from an alive and well child to a dead one. We have to stop the process!!! Drowning prevention has 3 important phases: PRE EVENT: layers of prevention, as recommended by the AAP: pool fence, alarms, direct supervision and water competency swim lessons (self rescue). EVENT: does a child know self rescue? The drowning process is not initiates. If not, was he pull out conscious or unconscious? The drowning process has initiated. POST EVENT: CPR asap!!! Explaining why it is important to perform rescue breaths in a drowning. An adult brain dies in 10 min. A child’s brain dies in 6 min.
Megan Ferraro, Executive Director, The ZAC Foundation
Present on stakeholder analysis, developing effective programming and communications tools
Anxiety and Discomfort Learning to Swim
Cindy Freedman, Co-Founder, Swim Angelfish | Ailene Tisser, Co-Founder, Swim Angelfish
Are you addressing the underlying problem in your swimmers with Anxiety and Discomfort in the water? Why is the anxiety happening? Be flexible and change your approach with these 5 strategies for successful swimming.
Evaluating Unsupported Water Competency Skill Attainment for Young Children
Connie Harvey, Director, Aquatics Centennial Initiative, American Red Cross | Stephen Langendorfer, Professor Emeritus, Bowling Green State University | William Ramos, Associate Professor, Indiana University, School of Public Health
Drowning among youth remains a top public health issue and remains a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4 years, second only to birth defects. Limited research suggests that participation in formal group swim lessons may have a buffering effect on drowning for young children. In 2019, the stance from the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) lowered the recommended age to begin swim instruction from 4 years to as young as 1 year but the question remains: when are young children developmentally equipped to attain unsupported swim skills? Information in this session will provide an overview of results from a study that investigated teaching children unsupported swim skills in caregiver/child/instructor and child/instructor instructional formats for children ages 1 to 5 years.
Unraveling the Significance of Drowning in Autism
Stacey Hoaglund, President, Autism Society of Florida
Children with autism drown at a rate 160 times greater than those who are typically developing, but those figures are likely extremely conservative. These kids are literally drawn to water, have very little fear of it and wander from safety on a daily basis. Attend this training to learn key steps and specialized strategies in teaching kids with autism, how to engage with families, and how to market your program to this underserved community.
"Every Child a Swimmer" Legislation & Scholarship
Mary Jackson, President, AquaChamps Swim School | Daniel Vawter, Vice President, AquaChamps Swim School
In the state of Florida, annually there are enough children under the age of five lost to drowning to fill three or four preschool classrooms. (Florida Department of Health). We know that drowning is preventable! Research has found that participation in formal swimming lessons associated with an 88% reduction in the risk of drowning. (WHO) In 2021, Florida passed the “Every Child a Swimmer” legislation, which requires Florida schools to ask if a child has participated in swimming lessons as a part of their school-entry health exam. If the answer is no, it will also require schools to provide information regarding swimming lessons. AquaChamps has partnered with the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF), the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance’s (PHTA) “Step Into Swim” and the Florida Swimming Pool Association (FSPA) on a shared mission to create the “Every Child a Swimmer Scholarship.”
Texas Home Pool Safety Barrier and Device Use Survey Results
Dr. Molly Johnson, Research Scientist, Dell Children's Trauma and Injury Research Center
This presentation will overview research findings from a survey of Texas home pool owners about barriers and devices used to prevent unauthorized pool access. The presentation will highlight which barriers and devices survey takers used and why and will overview their attitudes about implementing potential incentives and regulations to encourage pool safety barrier and device use.
Bridging the Gap Between the Pool and Open Water
Courtney Kline, Owner & Creator, Swim4Life | Corynn MacKline, Business Manger & Instructor, Swim4Life
Our typical program teaches kid to swim from A to B in a predictable setting. Statistically drownings happen in these settings under the age of 5. Yet, over 70% of over the age of 5 happen in Open Water. What if we saw each child at the age of 50, 60, 70 years developing neuro-pathways and skill that apply to open water settings. Empower kids with the science of water, what floats, what sinks, how does their body work with water. We will turn traditional Learn to Swim on it’s head as we lay a foundation of drowning prevention foremost in this LTS program. “They can do (insert skill level) but I still don’t feel they are safe on the lake, ocean, river.
Building a Lifesaving Relationship with Water In Pool Demo
Courtney Kline, Owner & Creator, Swim4Life | Corynn MacKline, Business Manger & Instructor, Swim4Life
In our pool segment, attendees will acquire practical application of the four pillars discussed in land presentation of Bridging the Gap Between the Pool and Open Water by participating or observing methods we use.
Advocacy and Legislation Workshop - Two Part Session
Alan Korn, Alan Korn J.D., Executive Director, Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation
"In The Air Tonight" (drowning physiology)
Jeff Krall, Lieutenant/Firefighter/Paramedic, Lawrence/Douglas County Fire/Medical, Lawrence, Ks
The class covers drowning doesn’t look like drowning, physiology drowning, case reviews and prevention.
Lessons from our International Learn to Swim Outreach Trips
Alissa Magrum, Executive Director, Colin's Hope | Kim Shults, Learn to Swim Specialist, Face In Water
Looking through multiple different lenses and perspectives and adding in some humor and good storytelling, we will share lessons learned from our Learn to Swim outreach trips to Honduras, the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas and Uganda. We will discuss challenges we encountered, cultural lessons learned and also share some of our successes on these epic adventures.
The Legacy of Drowning: Surviving Siblings Tell Their Stories
Lisa McMullin, Founder & President, SWIM ON Foundation | Christopher McMullin, Therapist, Private Practice
With the prevalence of accidental death by drowning, we can surmise that there are many people who share a rather particular biographical detail: due to a drowning accident in childhood, each experienced the loss of a sibling. What might that experience be like? How might that loss have lifelong implications, both positive and negative. How do the surviving siblings make sense of all this? Of course each person has their unique story. Because those stories often seem to get overshadowed in the aftermath of a drowning, we’d like to offer some of those stories here.
Further Adventures of Effective Partnering and Education for Prevention
Tina Morgan, Circuit 9 Community Development Administrator, Department of Children and Families | Kirby Morgan, Central Region Child Fatality and Prevention Specialist, Department of Children and Families
This session will take a look at last year’s presentation from Florida and deep dive into what was learned and how that changed the language, direction and perspective on new initiatives. Based on information gathered at the 2022 NWSC Conference, the initiatives and partnerships have been enriched and there is a focus to keep the family’s voice behind the message.
Sharper Focus, Greater Impact
Gareth Morrison, Head of Water Safety, Royal National Lifeboat Institution
The importance of identifying genuinely at risk groups in order to develop targeted interventions . Aligned to this creating an inclusive approach to ensure water safety is accessible to all , not exclusive to some This is the RNLI approach in the UK and is yielding positive results
Water Safety Champion "You and Your Community" Successes
Mick Nelson, Owner, Total Aquatic Programming LLC
Professional development of your Vision and Mission is critical to “get your goals”. Don’t leave anything to chance. Put your organizations best foot forward so your staff, clients, and target audience not only understand what you want to accomplish but can actively help you be successful. This is the second part of the Goal Getting presentation from NDPA 2022 but it is not necessary for attendees to have been at that presentation. Each goal & strategy must achieve at least one of the following….. Promote organizations goals • Build the level of participation • Contribute to the achievement of sustained participant positive outcomes • Develop additional resources for our aquatic community • Foster a more efficient allocation of our resources
Enhancing Swimmer Safety - Combining Artificial Intelligence (AI), Video Analytics & Humans
Dr. Larry Newell, COO, Ellis Aquatic Innovations | Joe Stefanyak, Senior Director, Jeff Ellis and Associates, Inc.
This session will provide an overview of new drowning prevention technology that combines Human and artificial intelligence with the integration of video surveillance, radio communication and geolocation. This technology allows human operators to scan live video feeds for potential problems while an artificial intelligence system works simultaneously to detect unusual swimmer behavior. Operators and the AI computer system act as two other sets of eyes on the water and can alert on-deck lifeguards of a potential problem via two-way radios, cell phones, and/or email, allowing the lifeguards to provide rapid response, and ultimately saving lives. The session will also provide some statistical analysis of recognition tendencies and the efficiencies that this new technology brings to the table via a statistical breakdown of documented incidents of real life rescues in existing installations. The system also serves as a security enhancement, and risk management tool as it shows guest behaviors throughout the facility and on aquatic attractions that may contribute to incident that occur throughout the facility.
Examining Policy Achievements for Drowning Prevention in Australia
Dr. Amy Peden, Research Fellow, School of Population Health, University of New South Wales
Australia has a long history of water safety and drowning prevention. A key part of the success in reducing our drowning rate has been legislation. This includes legislating pool fencing, with inspection regimes in some states and territories, mandatory lifejacket wear for boaters and rock fishers in some jurisdictions, drink boating legislation and alcohol-free zones on beaches. This presentation will explore these policies in detail, including the advocacy approaches taken and debates surrounding legislative change, the impact on drowning and future policy opportunities. Lessons learned from the Australian experience will be discussed within the context of the policy landscape in the United States.
The Neglected Domain of River Drowning Prevention: The Australian Experience
Dr. Amy Peden, Research Fellow, School of Population Health, University of New South Wales
Globally, a significant proportion of drowning deaths occur in open water, however open water is often a neglected area of drowning prevention. In Australia, rivers are the leading location for drowning, with increased risk among males, in geographically isolated locations, after alcohol consumption and during times of flood. This presentation will chart the research, policy and programmatic impacts of our journey to increase awareness and prevent river drowning in Australia. It will also reflect on the importance of identifying and engaging diverse stakeholders, including land managers, politicians and the media, on the journey to develop locally relevant drowning prevention strategies for rivers. Using insights and lessons learned from the Australian experience, recommendations for tackling the issue in the United States will be discussed.
Bobby Pratt, Director of Education, Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project
We all understand the need for “HANDS-ONLY” CPR in a cardiac emergency. However in a drowning, as well as other emergencies where lack of oxygen is the cause, compressions alone provide little benefit. This session will look at the history of CPR, how “Hands-Only” CPR became popular and why we need a special emphasis on #DrowningCPR to combat the popularity of “compression-only” CPR.
From Broken to Brave - Real Life Experience
Eric Rognmoe, CEO/Co-Founder, Hannah’s Hands of Hope | Rebecca M Schwab, CEO/Founder, Emily Grace Foundation | BethAyn Rognmoe, Co-founder, Hannah’s Hands of Hope
What do you do when your world is shaken to the core? When you have to dig extra deep to find even a tiny drop of hope? How do you bring triumph out of tragedy? These are two real life stories of how a near drowning and a death can lead to bravery and worldwide impact. With the death of one, a family became broken and splintered. With the near drowning of the other, a community came together. These 2 families – though the initial response may seem the opposite, actually impacted each other and brought them together along with an entire community. Out of this birthed a place of bravery and hope.
Daily Waterfront Assessment for Safety and Prevention Planning
Scott Ruddle, Lifeguard/Paramedic, Grand Bend Beach Patrol
How do seasoned Lifeguards walk onto a beach and know almost immediately what colour the warning flag should be and how busy the day will play out. Let’s examine the beach through the eyes of an experienced water safety professional and learn how to educate ourselves and new staff of the hazards when we visit the open water environment.
Meric Tendrich, Owner, The Safety Anchor
I did a session at last years conference on a general boater safety of what we see as a firefighter who works on a fireboat. I would love to participate again with the same topic or I can offer some new material or topic. There are so many and willing to offer any help I can if there is a topic the conference would like me to address.
THE OTHER A: Helping Swim Teachers Improve Their Understanding of ADHD
Angela Wild, Owner, Elemental Aquatics
With so much focus on Autism, the “other A” is other dismissed as a certified disability by swim instructors and aquatics professionals. This presentation will be an in depth focus on creating strategies for those teaching swim lessons and education on how to create a culture of compassion for parents and staff.
Lane Lines in Your Brain: Breaking Down Old Motor Learning Myths for Improved Instruction
Angela Wild, Owner, Elemental Aquatics
As the “ Learn to Swim “ industry is looking for greater ways to improve “evidence- based” practices, this session will examine some current coaching and teaching myths and methods that may be actually be antiquated or ineffective, based on research in the the field of Motor Control & Learning, and Biomechanics.
One Small Drop: The Importance of Mobile Swim Instructors in Your Community Water Safety Partnerships
Angela Wild, Owner, Elemental Aquatics
With the pandemic, more families are choosing to hire swim instructors to come to their homes, rather than attend a swim school, municipal program or YMCA. This presents a unique opportunity to build grassroots water safety awareness. Who better to understand the needs and knowledge base of parents in your local community than private, mobile swim teachers . These professionals are often undervalued and overlooked for their potential value and authority, so imagine the positive impact that mobile instructors can provide at such a grassroots level. This presentation will showcase the work of several fantastic instructors, and provide solutions on how to create and strengthen community water safety partnerships.
The Swimstyler Programme - The Importance of Learning to Swim Properly
Angela Wilson, CEO, Angela’s Swim School
New and exciting swim programme co-created with a BAFTA award winning children’s media company using animation, to help educate children and their parents on the importance of learning to swim properly. The children go on a journey with the characters gaining life and water safety skills as they work their way from non-swimmer to being able to swim a mile.
Sociodemographic Factor's Relationship with Drowning Prevention Strategies
Shelby Wood, Aquatics Coordinator, University of South Carolina Campus Recreation
Drowning claims thousands of lives annually, most of which are from socioeconomically disadvantaged and minority populations. As Aquatic professionals, we understand the need to offer “layers of protection” at our facilities to prevent these fatalities from occurring. But how are we ensuring that these tools are at the hands of those who need it the most? This presentation will discuss how epidemiology disproportionately affects disadvantaged communities compared to their majority group counterparts.
Partnering with Swim Schools to Grow Drowning Prevention Efforts in Your Community
Lisa Zarda, Executive Director, United States Swim School Association
Have you ever felt like you are just scratching the surface when it comes to spreading the drowning prevention message? Educating parents on the risks around drowning is an important piece of the puzzle. We will discuss swim school efforts to increase education and messaging to parents on the important layers of protection and drowning risks. We will share successful ways drowning prevention foundations and non-profits have partnered with swim schools to grow drowning prevention efforts within their communities. Join us in this discussion and information sharing.
A Drowning Epidemic During a Global Pandemic
Yasmen Barnett, Communications Supervisor, Osceola County Sheriff's Office | Erika Lakey, 911 Communications Specialist, Osceola County Sheriff's Office
Learn about how the FIRST first responders in Central Florida experienced an influx of drowning calls during the height of the pandemic. One 911 emergency dispatcher noticed the trend and wondered if all of Florida was experiencing the same epidemic. Public records requests for near drownings and drownings were submitted to all 67 counties in Florida to the sheriff’s offices and several police departments. The data from pre-pandemic, mid-pandemic, and late-pandemic showed a 100% increase in Osceola County, one of the fastest growing counties in the US. The research and findings were presented at Navigator 2022, an international first responder conference. The research poster is published in the Annals of Emergency Dispatch & Response. This data and an interview will be featured in an upcoming article in the Journal of Emergency Dispatch. While conducting the interview, the author was inspired to launch a series about emergency calls that have sparked a change in the industry. As we learn to live in a post-pandemic world where remote work and virtual schools intertwine with travel, we should stay proactive and remember that if something is predictable, it is preventable.
Drowning Prevention Strategies Utilized in the Hawaiian Islands Ocean Environment
Ron Bregman, Aquatics Manager, Marine Corps Base Hawaii
The following case studies and the associated drowning prevention strategies developed and utilized from 2015 to the present will be discussed:
1. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve – primarily a snorkeling destination frequented mainly by tourists/visitors from a variety of backgrounds/origins.
2. Southeastern Oahu shoreline – approximately 10-15 miles of readily accessible coastline exposed to a wide variety of ocean-related hazards, generated locally, as well as from distant sources thousands of miles away.
3. Marine Corps Base Hawaii – 2 guarded surf beaches and several unguarded beach areas comprise seven miles of pristine coastline located between highly populated Kailua and Kaneohe Bay on the windward side of Oahu.
Lessons By Lifeguards--Connecting Volunteer Lifeguards and Underprivileged Children
Anna Krans, Lifeguard/Swim Instructor/Nonprofit Founder, Lessons By Lifeguards
The story of founding my non-profit, Lessons By Lifeguards at the age of 16 after noticing in my role as a Lifeguard/Swim Instructor at a community pool that the most at-risk children were not in my swim lessons to later partnering with local youth organizations (Boys and Girls Club, Casa Alba, We All Rise), recruiting volunteer lifeguards, and applying for grants/ funding to make it possible to give 100+ youth free swim lessons in an intensive week long format focused on water safety skills. An inspiring story as a testament to increasing accessibility to swim lessons by tapping into local resources (lifeguards, small businesses, community pools, etc.) and advocating on behalf of children to reduce drowning as the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States for children ages 1 to 14.
Quotables: Applying Famous Quotes to the World of Aquatics
Craig Sears, President/Owner, Sears Pool Management Consultants, Inc.
Have you ever read a great quote and wondered how to apply it to our unique workplace? This session explores motivational quotes and wise sayings from leaders around the world. We will discuss how to engage and motivate our staff using this wisdom. The goal is to foster a positive team environment that draws the type of candidates you want to your organization. You are encouraged to bring your favorite quote to class to share.
The Changing Dynamics of Water Safety
Shawn Slevin, E.D., Swim Strong Foundation
Water Safety is so, so much more than your ability to swim. Given our increasingly more watery world, we need to understand water from a daily living, not only a recreational/swimming point of view. Water from inside our homes where for children ages 5 and younger, drowning is the leading cause of death. To everywhere we meet it out of doors from the local swimming pool (the most stable of environments) to your backyard pond or a huge lake; your local park’s small stream to a raging river; or the most volatile of all, our oceans; all of these bodies of water have their own unique nature, behavior and dangers. When you consider seasonality you need to think about hurricanes/tropical storms; ice and flooding. And lately we are beginning to see wild weather and how life threatening that is particularly when it comes to water. Swim Strong is suggesting that ALL of us, swim skilled or not, need to develop a new relationship with the water and understand water in a deeper way. Water safety is situational knowledge of our world around us and the shifts occurring due to climate change. In 50 years our children and grandchildren will have such a different relationship to the water, we would not recognize it ourselves. This is why bringing water safety training into our schools is so critical. We must give the next generation the tools to successfully and safely navigate what is becoming a far more watery world.