WHAT WE DO AND WHAT YOUR SPONSORSHIP AND/OR DONATION SUPPORTS:
There are over 350,000 drownings worldwide and 4,000 in the United States annually and it is estimated that a large percentage of all drownings are the result of a shallow water blackout – How it Happens. As a 501(c) 3 nonprofit Shallow Water Blackout Prevention’s primary mission is to prevent drownings and near-drownings as a result of a shallow water blackout. We do this by raising awareness about the causes and prevention of a shallow water blackout and educating anyone who takes to the water, be they casual swimmers, both adults and children, competitive swimmers, free-divers, those who spearfish, coaches and the general public. We work with organizations such as The Michael Phelps Foundation, The US Coast Guard, The Redwoods Group and many others both nationally and internationally that have a connection to water safety.
We are currently working with several coaches within the competitive swimming arena at both the high school and college level as well as several Aquatics Directors from the YMCA community. Our first goal is to create guidelines for coaches and swimmers for best practices that is part SWBP awareness campaign for swimmers, parents and lifeguards and a part Continuing Education Program for swim coaches. Our second goal is to have this information become part of the American Swim Coaches Association’s series of Coaching Certifications as well as the American Red Cross’ Lifeguard Certification Program.
Our Ambassador Program provides an opportunity for high school students to earn Community Service credits by raising awareness within their community about the causes and prevention of a shallow water blackout. However, this Program is open to anyone who wishes to become one of our advocates. We supply the necessary materials, signs and literature about shallow water blackout free-of-charge.
We attend national aquatics-related conferences and conventions and serve as a speaker, exhibitor and sometimes both. We make presentations to civic organizations such as the Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions Clubs, students within grades 6 to 12, and Parent Teacher Organizations. We also work with YMCAs educating their staff especially their lifeguards. We do not charge a fee for this service.
We work closely with those who have been personally impacted due to a shallow water blackout and have a desire to raise awareness about its causes and prevention. We help them establish a Chapter of Shallow Water Blackout Prevention should they wish to do so. The mission of all of our Chapters is the same – raise awareness and educate the public about shallow water blackouts. We currently have Chapters in several states, Australia and the Netherlands. There is no cost to the Chapter for our assistance.
As an organization founded by a family that lost a son due to a shallow water blackout and managed by another that suffered from the same tragedy we truly understand the trauma of losing a loved one as a result of a phenomenon that is easily preventable. When we become aware of another similar tragedy we discretely reach out to the family to offer our personal support if it is desired. We also stay in contact with the family as long as it is necessary.
Our website has been recognized as the go-to source for information and resources and it is consistently listed first when shallow water blackout is Googled. With the exception of signage everything on our website is free-of-charge and we encourage visitors to use our materials as they deem appropriate.