National Federation of State High School Associations Includes a Section About Shallow Water Blackouts for the First Time in its 2019-20 Rule Book.


Over 19,500 high schools belong to associations that are members of the NFHS. Most high schools, whether public or private, belong to their state's high school association; in turn, each state association belongs to the NFHS. However, in states that have separate associations for public and non-public high schools, only the public-school bodies are full NFHS members.

2019-20 Rules Book


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2019-20 Swimming and Diving Points of Emphasis

(For comments on the 2019-20 Points of Emphasis, see page 94)


1.    Preventing Shallow Water Blackout

2.    Suit Coverage

3.    Accommodation for Students with a Disability

4.    Sub-varsity Competition

5.    Pre-Meet Conferences



Page 94:


2019-20 Points of Emphasis:


Preventing Shallow Water Blackout

    The rules for NFHS swimming and diving exist to ensure fair competition in a positive, safe and healthy environment.  Consequently, the NFHS Swimming and Diving Rules Committee recognizes concerns that have been raised over instances of shallow water blackout, which can affect swimmers of all experience levels.  Shallow water blackout is a potentially fatal condition that causes a swimmer to lose consciousness while under water.  Shallow water blackout can be prevented through education, awareness and understanding of the dangers of breath-holding.  The tips below are provided by Shallow Water Blackout Prevention.  For further information, visit

·       Never hyperventilate

·       Never ignore the urge to breath

·       Never swill alone

·       Never play breath-holding games

·       No repetitive underwater laps


We wish to extend a very big thank you to the Rules Committee of the National Federation of State High School Associations for giving shallow water blackout a spotlight in its newest Rules Book.  Your support of our mission to raise awareness is greatly appreciated.

Layla Alo Caballero, Miami Ambassador, Exhibits at Leadership Hollywood in Florida


One of the key programs of the Greater Hollywood (Florida) Chamber of Commerce is Leadership Hollywood, an interactive program where participants get to view up close, work together and acquire a unique knowledge of resources and services available in Hollywood, Broward County and the State of Florida. 

 Each year, approximately 35 leaders from the Hollywood business, non-profit, education and healthcare communities participate in Leadership Hollywood. It is, in fact, one of the state’s longest-running leadership programs. 

 The nine-month program is comprised of an organized curriculum of power-packed workdays that include personal growth and leadership skill training and visits to city workplaces and service organizations, all providing a chance to get to know and learn more about the current leaders and programs in our community. 

The biggest part of the Leadership Program is the Community Service Project.  Throughout the year, the class is broken up into smaller groups who create, promote and execute a project designed to support a non-profit organization in Hollywood.  One of this year’s projects was the Hollywood Youth Triathlon, run at and in conjunction with the Hollywood YMCA.  

On Saturday morning, June 15th, about 40 kids, aged 5 to 12, ran, biked and swam around the streets of Hollywood.  They were so focused, that they didn’t even realize that they were learning about health, fitness, goal-setting and water safety!  


The Leadership Hollywood team helped to raise awareness for the event and find sponsors, and was on hand to guide the kids, serve as timekeepers, cheer the kids on and present the awards as they finished. Layla Alo Caballero, our very active Shallow Water Blackout Prevention Ambassador in Miami, Florida, was an exhibitor at this event.  Layla distributed information about shallow water blackouts, and discussed the dangers of prolonged breath holding along with the other rules for water safety that we promote.  According to Layla “The event was a huge success and many people, both children and adults, learned about shallow water blackouts and the dangers of prolonged breath holding.”


The Leadership Hollywood experience is one that stays with and benefits participants throughout their careers.  They grow as leaders and get to know like-minded people who will always be their allies in the community, and make friendships that will last a lifetime.

Shallow Water Blackout Prevention extends it deep appreciation to Layla for her ongoing commitment to helping us save lives by raising awareness about shallow water blackouts.

 Thank you, Layla

Proclamation Signed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp


Governor Brian Kemp Signs Proclamation Against Unexpected Killer: May 31, 2019 is Shallow Water Blackout Prevention Day

We are pleased to announce that Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has signed a proclamation stating that May 31st, 2019 is Shallow Water Blackout Prevention Day.  

We would like to thank Governor Kemp and his staff for their faithful service to the great state of Georgia, and for their concern about the safety and well being of its citizens. 

Official Proclamation

Official Proclamation

We wish to encourage all of our friends and followers to take a moment today and share information about the dangers of SWB with your friends and loved ones.  The only way to save lives from more senseless tragedies due to SWB is through education and prevention.

Ambassador Nick Thompson Hosts Booth at 36th Annual Spirit Run

On March 17, 2019, SWBP Ambassador Nick Thompson hosted a booth to raise awareness of SWB at the 36th Annual Spirit Run in Orange County, CA.

People from all over Orange County including hardcore runners, entire families, toddlers and even dogs participate in this long running community event that began as a way to promote exercise and healthy habits within the Newport Mesa Unified School District. Nick and his family felt that the Spirit Run was a perfect fit for a Shallow Water Blackout Prevention Booth.

The booth was a great success! Nick says,

“We spoke to all sorts of people: from moms and dads, little kids, teens, athletes of all ages and abilities, retired servicemen and even lifeguards. Mrs. Curreri also joined us and was able to share how she became involved with Shallow Water Blackout. She even wore her son Joseph Curreri’s Staff Sergeant shirt. I’d like to encourage other ambassadors to seek out community events in order to share the SWBP message. For me, speaking to a diverse group of people was way less intimidating than speaking to a captive group of lifeguards or swimmers. Also, my hope is that by reaching out to a broader group of people that Shallow Water Blackout Prevention will become more widely talked about in many different forums.”

Nick and his family also raised $500 in donations for SWBP, and we couldn’t be more proud of one of our first ambassadors getting out into his community! As part of his Ambassadorship, Corona del Mar High School SWBP Club and Senior Project, this money was raised in conjunction with the first Shallow Water Blackout Prevention Booth.

Incredible job Nick, lives will be saved!

Executive Director's Note:  Karen Curreri’s son, former USC swimmer Joe Curreri, a Staff Sergeant and Special Forces communications sergeant assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis, Wash. died on October 26, 2007, in an accidental drowning incident after experiencing a shallow water blackout at Siet Lake while deployed to the Southern Philippines region near Panamao, Jolo Island, Republic of the Philippines.  Karen became involved with our organization afterwards and subsequently asked us if Nick, one of the students she counsels through her College Admissions counseling Business, could become an Ambassador. Since then Nick has been actively raising awareness about the causes and prevention of shallow water blackouts.

SWBP Selected as a Corporate Partner with Swim Teachers Association of the UK


Shallow Water Blackout Prevention has been selected as a Corporate Partner with Swim Teachers Association of the UK for their Annual International Learn to Swim Week May 13 - 19, 2019.

STA’s International Learn to Swim Week is back with the aim to promote water safety and learning to swim, no matter age, location, or ability.

With over 150 Swim Star Swim Schools, 20 Swim Academies and 30,000 STA swimming teachers internationally, we want everyone to get involved to teach the enjoyable and important skill of learning to swim.

Help STA preserve human life by the teaching of swimming, lifesaving, and survival techniques by participating in our biggest learn to swim campaign yet. With your help we can encourage people of all ages and abilities to get in the pool and open the door to a wealth of water skills.

For more information visit

Meet Our Newest Ambassador, Alexandra "Alex" Beran

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I am Alexandra Beran, a sophomore at the University of Richmond and a diver on the varsity Swim and Dive Team. I am also participating in the Army ROTC Program. I lost a friend to shallow water blackout this past summer and I am a lifeguard and aware of shallow water blackouts, but I still didn't realize how grave the consequences of prolonged breath-holding can be even with breath-control training for the military and swim teams. I want to raise awareness and educate others to prevent these senseless deaths. Many people question how an adult who knows how to swim can drown. Consequently, I want to help those who lost loved ones from having to explain over and over how drowning after a shallow water blackout occurs by educating as many people as I can. Most people do not understand that the victim lost consciousness and then the body forced a breath, which caused the drowning. Anybody who goes into the water should be aware of shallow water blackouts and what causes one and how to prevent one for their own safety, the safety of others, and understanding of those who lost loved ones.   

Welcome to the SWBP family, Alex! Thank you for all your hard work.  We are thankful to have you on board. 

SWBP Presents Workshop to the United Kingdom’s Swim Teachers Association

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We would like to thank the Swim Teachers Association (STA) of the United Kingdom for inviting us to make a presentation about shallow water blackout during their Annual Conference on October 6. Our Executive Director, Dean E. Haller, conducted an hour-long workshop via GoToMeeting. We would also like to thank Ravinder Sandhu, STA’s Events and Media Manager, for her assistance in making the presentation possible and a special thank you to Ali Beckman, our United Kingdom Ambassador pictured above, for introducing and facilitating the workshop.

Today with more than 10,000 members, STA is an independent swimming teaching and lifesaving organization, and delivers the highest quality training across four key business areas – Swimming Teaching, Lifesaving, First Aid and Leisure Management.

Founded in 1932, STA is a registered charity whose objective is:

The preservation of human life by the teaching of swimming, lifesaving and survival techniques.

STA is internationally recognized and is uniquely positioned as the only awarding organization in the UK that can deliver multi-aquatic programs – Swimming Teaching, Lifesaving and Pool Plant qualifications – that are:

 Regulated by Ofqual (UK Government licensed regulator), and sit on the Register of Regulated Qualifications at levels 1-4

 Regulated by SQA Accreditation

All STA Qualifications are registered under Safety Training Awards, the awarding body for STA.

STA’s International Learn to Swim Program (ILSP) also supports STA’s swimming teaching qualifications. The incentive based learn to swim program, which promotes the importance of water safety, consists of 5 levels to provide people of all ages, from babies to adults, with a structured, progressive and transparent swimming and water scheme. It is supported with a range of colorful badges and certificates.

Importantly, STA is committed to representing the needs of the leisure industry and continues to advance its range of learning program, improve member services and innovate via its digital portfolio of leisure management and training services.

SWBP Receives Grant from the Princess of Monaco Foundation USA


We would like to thank the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation USA for their recent approval of our request for a grant through their Foundation.

The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation USA is 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in New York State in 2016 to further the goals of the parent foundation which was established by Princess Charlene of Monaco, a former Olympic swimmer for South Africa, to promote water safety, sport and education programs particularly for children and young people.

Its mission is to promote the benefits of sporting activities; teach children and adults basic swimming, water safety, first-aid and drowning prevention skills, and foster national or international amateur sports competitions.

Since the parent foundation was set up in 2012, under the Princess’s presidency and the vice presidency of Monaco’s Sovereign, H.S.H. Prince Albert II, more than 100 water safety programs benefiting almost 100,000 people, mainly children, have been implemented in Monaco, South Africa, Australia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, France, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, the Dominican Republic, Senegal, Sudan, Serbia, Tanzania, Thailand, the USA, and Zimbabwe. Its missions are to raise public awareness about the dangers of water, teach children preventive measures, and teach them to swim.

On behalf of our Board of Directors we extended our deepest appreciation for their recognition and support of our mission to educate and raise awareness about shallow water blackouts.

Meet Our Newest Ambassador: Layla Caballero

Layla, Daniel, and Layla's youngest son Ralph

Layla, Daniel, and Layla's youngest son Ralph

I am from Puerto Rico and the youngest of four siblings.  I was fortunate to enjoy a very active and privileged life contrary to my other siblings who endured the challenges of leaving communist Cuba at young age. After more than 18 years in exile from Cuba, my parents were finally enjoying the American dream of possibilities and prosperity.  They helped me pursue an education abroad here in the United States, and now I enjoy a career in communications. Given my talents in the communications field, I feet it is my obligation to help others to learn about Shallow Water Blackout, specially among Latino families. 

Our family lost my nephew, Eduardo Jose, at the young age of 19. He drowned in my home's backyard pool as he was playing water games holding his breath and challenging my son Daniel who at the time was only 7. Ironically, Eduardo Jose was actually taking care of my son Daniel, when this terrible accident happened. 

Now 18 years later, after losing my sister Lourdes Alo ( Eduardo's mother) to lung disease, I decided to join the Shallow Water Blackout prevention organization to help generate awareness, and do this on behalf of my family. I live in Miami Lakes, FL and will be raising awareness in the surrounding communities and helping Shallow Water Blackout Prevention include content in Spanish. 

Daniel, who is a musician now, wrote this song about drowning in memory of Eduardo. The name of the song is "Lungs Filled with Water".

Welcome to the SWBP family, Layla! Thank you for all your hard work.  We are thankful to have you on board.