On April 5, 2016, the YMCA of South Florida joined with the Miami Heat to raise awareness about unintentional drownings due to shallow water blackout. Rhonda and Dusty Milner (founders of Shallow Water Blackout Prevention) were recognized at center court for their hard work and dedication to raising awareness about the dangers of shallow water blackout. The YMCA and US Coast Guard both warned of the dangers of breath-holding at a press conference, and recognized our non-profit organization and the story of losing Whitner to SWB. They also provided information to viewers on how to find our website for more information on SWB. This part of Florida has the most drownings per year in the entire U.S. so we greatly appreciate the YMCA, the Miami Heat and the US Coast Guard for helping to save lives.
Special thanks to Todd Lutes of the US Coast Guard, and Sheryl Wood, CEO of the YMCA South Florida.