US Navy Bans Prolonged Underwater Breath-Holding

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Pictured below is Lieutenant, Christopher Frederick, M.D, who is currently training to become an Undersea Medical Officer for the United States Navy.  Chris sent  this picture and informed us that all of the Navy's aquatic training facilities have this sign prominently displayed and stated that they rigorously enforce this policy.  

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Thank you Chris for your service to our country and thank you to the
United States Navy for recognizing the potential hazards

associated with prolonged breath-holding.

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Welcome to Our Newest Ambassador

Olivia Jackson

Olivia Jackson

Olivia Jackson will be joining her brother, Benjy Jackson, as co-ambassador in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  She along with her family witnessed attempts to retrieve and revive our Executive Director’s son after a shallow water blackout.

Olivia is a high school student at American Heritage in Plantation Florida. She enjoys time with her friends and family living the Florida lifestyle. Her weekends are spent outdoors; boating, tubing and fishing.  Her summers are spent in the Bahamas and at camp in Northern Canada where she is working on her Red Cross water certification.

We welcome Olivia to our team of national Ambassadors and sincerely appreciate their efforts to educate and raise awareness about Shallow Water Blackout and how to prevent it.  You are all saving lives

 

High School Club Raises Awareness of SWB

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Our Newport Beach, California Ambassador, Nick Thompson (right) and his helper Mitch Harvey, recently participated in Mater Dei High School’s Club Fair to attract students to the newly formed "Shallow Water Blackout Awareness Club.” Located in Santa Ana, CA, Mater Dei High School is one of the largest Catholic high schools in the United States. The school offers an extensive Club Program to meet the interests of all its students and there are over 60 active clubs offering everything from learning origami to competing in the Mock Trial competition. 

Thanks to Nick and Mitch its newest Club, the Shallow Water Blackout Awareness Club, will greatly enhance our efforts to educate and raise awareness about the causes and prevention of Shallow Water Blackout.  Most importantly they are helping us save lives.

Congratulations to Nick, Mitch and our Newport Beach Ambassador Coordinator, Karen Curreri, on your extraordinary efforts and a job well done!

California Ambassador Spreads Awareness About Shallow Water Blackout

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Karen Curreri’s son, former USC swimmer Joe Curreri, died on October 26, 2007, in an accidental drowning incident as a result of a shallow water blackout. He was 27. 

As our Newport Beach, CA Ambassador and Ambassador Mentor Karen spent Saturday, September 23, spreading Shallow Water Blackout Awareness. She attended Water Polo Tournaments at Corona Del Mar High School and Newport Harbor High School in which many teams were participating. She met with many parents, coaches, and spoke to some of the local newspaper reporters while distributing many of our posters and fliers while she raised awareness about Shallow Water Blackout.

Thank you Karen.  Your efforts are saving lives while honoring your son Joe.
 

Young Ambassadors Spread the Word About SWB

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Our Fort Lauderdale, Florida Ambassador, Benjy Jackson, is explaining what a shallow water blackout is to Danielle Quintero, an 18 year old student attending Florida Keys Community College.  She is studying to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.  Danielle is currently the school’s Student Ambassador as well as Vice-President of Student Government and President of the Math, Arts and Puzzles Club.  While in High School she was Executive Officer of the JROTC all throughout her four years.  She has also been a part time employee of Publix Supermarket for the past 3 years.  Danielle is well spoken, very outgoing and is always looking for ways to help others and the environment. She will now be helping us educate and raise awareness about what causes and how to prevent shallow water blackout.

Thank you Benjy and Danielle for helping us save lives.

Clarion Safety Systems and SWBP Renew Partnership

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Clarion Safety Systems and SWBP Renew Partnership to Help Prevent Drowning

 

Clarion Safety Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of safety signs and safety labels, is renewing its partnership with Shallow Water Blackout Prevention (SWBP), aiding the organization’s efforts to save lives through drowning prevention efforts. “With SWBP, we’ve found a like-minded organization who shares Clarion’s passion for keeping people safe from harm. We’re proud to be collaborating for increased water safety,” says Derek Eversdyke, Director of Facility Safety Products at Clarion. “We both understand that education and safety signage work hand in hand to save lives.” 

Clarion Safety Systems will donate $5.00 to SWBP for every SWBP sign sold. To view/purchase signs, click here.

About Clarion’s Pool Safety Sign System: Clarion pool safety sign systems are available for purchase directly from Clarion’s online pool safety catalog, as well as from leading commercial pool suppliers, including Recreonics, Lincoln Equipment, and Water Safety Products. Signs are offered in English, Spanish, and bilingual English/Spanish. They are customizable in over 30 different languages and in various sizes and finishes to meet location and climate-based considerations. Additional information on pool safety and the importance of effective pool safety signage is available on the Clarion website.

About Clarion Safety Systems: Clarion Safety Systems is the leading designer and manufacturer of visual safety solutions that help customers in more than 180 industries worldwide to make their products and premises safer. Clarion offers a full range of standard and custom products including machinery safety labels, environmental and facility safety signs, pipe and valve identification markings, lockout/tagout products, and safety grade photoluminescent egress path-marking escape systems. Founded in 1990, Clarion is headquartered at 190 Old Milford Road in Milford, PA, 18337, and online at www.clarionsafety.com.

Proclamation Signed by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal

 

Governor Nathan Deal Signs Proclamation Against Unexpected Killer: May 31, 2017 is Shallow Water Blackout Prevention Awareness Day

We are pleased to announce that Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed a proclamation stating that May 31st is Shallow Water Blackout Prevention Awareness Day.  

We would like to thank Governor Deal 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. 

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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.

Join SWBP at the National Salute to American Heroes

Shallow Water Blackout Prevention is Proud to be an Exhibitor at the National Salute to American Heroes over Memorial Day Weekend in Miami.

 

We have been invited by the United States Coast Guard Air Station Miami to be an exhibitor during this very patriotic event and will be a prominent part of their Water Safety Exhibition  We will be located to the right of Block 14 (14th Street) on Miami Beach and within the Coast Guard’s display section, which is in the Display Village. If you live in or near Miami please visit our booth.

The National Salute to America’s Heroes is FREE and OPEN to the public. The best viewing for the Air & Sea Show is on Miami Beach between 11th and 14th streets, at show center with a small preferred seating area. Visit the Display Village, which spans more than 6 football fields, and includes interactive displays from all branches of the military, as well as corporate sponsors, food and beverage tents plus memorabilia and merchandise.

The National Salute to America’s Heroes presented by Hyundai is a 365-day initiative that launches Memorial Day weekend designed to pay tribute, honor and encourage military and first responder heroes. The National Salute to America’s Heroes presented by Hyundai is anchored by the Air & Sea Show, both of which combine to make a one-of-a-kind fan experience unparalleled anywhere in the country. The inaugural event is Memorial Day weekend 2017, which marks the beginning of an annually produced exhibition of gratitude all set upon the shores of Miami Beach, Florida. The Air & Sea Show is a patriotically-infused world-class showcase of military technology and power, military and first responder demonstrations in the air, on the sea and on the land. The Music Explosion presented by Hyundai stage hosts performances by top music entertainers. The National Salute to America’s Heroes presented by Hyundai website offers the most updated calendar of events, latest news and information on the military participants, press information, maps of the event, social media links and information on the military and first responder demonstrations.

For more information visit: http://usasalute.com

Meet Our Newest Ambassador, Nick Thompson!

 


Nick Thompson is a sixteen-year old avid water polo player and swim team member who also enjoys spear-fishing, surfing, snorkeling and freediving. Nick grew up in the seaside community of Newport Beach, California, a beautiful beach town that is home to the largest recreational harbor on the West Coast and ten miles of ocean coastline. Like most local residents, Nick has been swimming and participating in water sports since he was a young child. And, like many of his fellow community members, until recently Nick had never heard of SWB, despite completing Junior Guard training, volunteering on his neighborhood swim team as an assistant coach and participating in competitive water sports. 
 
Nick learned of SWB from a close family friend, who shared the story of how her son succumbed to this phenomenon, also referred to as the “silent killer.” In speaking to Karen Curreri, proud Gold Star mother of Staff Sergeant and Green Beret Joseph Curreri, Nick learned that Joe drowned in a lake in the Southern Philippine Islands during his first deployment. Nick was shocked to learn that even though Joe was an accomplished All-American varsity high school swimmer, water polo player, member of the USC Pac-10 All-Conference Team, 2002 Olympic Trials qualifier and the Distinguished Honor Graduate from the highly challenging Combat Diver Qualification Course, he died of SWB. Nick learned that SWB does not discriminate and has claimed the lives of a significant number of accomplished and experienced aquatic athletes, as well as children who engage in breath holding water games.
 
Nick was honored to accept the invitation to become the first West Coast Ambassador for the Shallow Water Blackout Prevention Association. As part of his Community Service graduation requirement for Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA, Nick will be distributing information to local water polo teams, swim teams, Surf and Dive Shops and Jr. Lifeguard Programs across Orange County.  More importantly, Nick’s hopes to honor Joe’s life and all of the other amazing people who have lost their life to SWB by increasing the public’s awareness of what SWB is and how to prevent it, thereby saving lives. With so many Southern Californians involved in water related activities the need for SWB education is paramount.
 
Besides sports, Nick is part of his school's governing organization, ASB, where he serves as a Senator. Nick has also devoted countless hours into his work with children on the autism spectrum and said that his motivation is his older brother, Zack, who is also on the spectrum. In his spare time, Nick enjoys music and attending concerts with his friends and family.

Welcome, Nick, we are so glad to have you!