IWSD 2015: Mauritius

IWSD 2015: Mauritius

PRESS RELEASE The International Water Safety Day was celebrated on the 15th May 2015 by the Surf Lifesaving Association of Mauritius at Albion Beach where the DHL supported the events as well as Club Med La Plantation D’Albion. There were 40 participants from Terre De Paix and the aim of this event was to (i) Water Safety Awareness (ii) The importance of Lifejacket (iii) Beach Flag competition. The lecturers for this event were volunteers from Surf Life Saving Association of Mauritius; Mr Seblin, Mr Keesonath Prem, Mr Yan How Hok Lin, Mr Sarju, Mr Soondrum, the water safety officers (to assure safety in water) were Mr Amar Teeluck, Mr Yan How Hok Lin, Mr Kersley and Mr Thannoo (First Aider). We had a wrapped up from last year’s session on water safety by Mr Seblin, then moved to the beach flag competition (related to beach fitness and keeping fit) by Mr Seblin, Mr Keesoonath, the last was the importance of wearing a lifejacket where Mr Sarju added it will save your life in case your boat or craft capsized.  Water Safety tips, watch the weather conditions before swimming, do not  consume alcohol before swimming. Mr Ramharai Viraj – Surf Lifesaving Coach and International Lifesaving Trainer mentioned that look at the source of the problem of drowning and deal with it, use the beach as a source of getting rid of disease and beach flag increase makes a lifesaver be...
World Health Organization: Global Report on Drowning

World Health Organization: Global Report on Drowning

Just a few days ago the World Health Organization released their first ever “Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer“. The 76 page report is chuck full of facts, data, and prevention recommendations. The report is broken up into 3 sections: Drowning – A Neglected Public Health Issue This is a global burden and data collection is limited. Prevention is vital. Ten Actions to Prevent Drowning Community-based action, effective policies and legislation, and further research are highlighted in depth. Conclusion & Recommendations “Given the multisectoral nature of drowning, a global partnership for drowning prevention should be established…donors and government must prioritize drowning prevention, and its integration with other public health agendas.” Key Facts: *372,000 people die from drowning every year *Over 50% of those deaths are under the age of 25 *Males are twice as likely to drown as females *Drowning kills more children every year than measles and tuberculosis Risk Factors: *Living around water *Young children (ages 1-4) have the highest drowning rates *Flood disasters (which aren’t even included in the overall numbers) *Water transportation (also not included in overall numbers) Preventive Actions: *Install barriers, blocking access to water *Provide capable child care *Train people in lifeguarding, first aid, and CPR *Set and enforce safe boating, shipping, and ferry regulations *Improve flood risk management *Teach children basic swimming, water safety, and safe rescue skills This report is the foundation of global awareness and prevention. As Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO’s Director-General stated, “Drowning is a needless loss of life. Action must be taken by national and local governments to put in place the simple prevention measures articulated by...
Virginia Beach Swim Lessons Making an Impact

Virginia Beach Swim Lessons Making an Impact

It’s taken quite some time — 5 years in fact — to get swim lessons in the Virginia Beach public school systems. friend which might We have Rosemary Wilson, and some local businesses, to thank for that. Wilson is the City Councilmember that first suggested swim lessons be added into the curriculum but the idea was shot down by the VB School Board. Now, with $7500 in donations from McKenzie Construction and the Virginia Beach Hotel Association, 350 elementary school children in Title I schools will receive free swim lessons. That’s a mere $2.14 per child, per lesson to learn an invaluable life skill, in an area completely inundated by waterways. Awareness and education are the first steps in preventing drownings. Has there been a discussion to include water safety education in a classroom setting into the curriculum? Arlington Public Schools has a component of their physical education curriculum dedicated to teaching water safety awareness COMBINED with swim lessons. Don’t get us wrong — we are all for swim lessons. According to USA Swimming, “participation in formal swimming lessons could reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%.” But, if we are only teaching 350-500 children every year, the vast majority of school children aren’t receiving anything. So, why not add water safety education into the physical education curriculum COMBINED with the swim lessons being provided by such outstanding local businesses and...
Water Safety Hero of the Week: Joseph Breeden

Water Safety Hero of the Week: Joseph Breeden

On August 31 in Glendale Arizona, 10-year-old Joseph Breeden was swimming in the pool at his apartment complex when he noticed a little boy floating face down. Wasting no time, he quickly grabbed him from the water and found help. The 3-year-old was apparently being watched but had removed his floaties. The following Tuesday, the Glendale Police Department held a ceremony at Challenger Middle School where Joseph was cheered on by his classmates. The police department and the school both gave Joseph certificates for saving the child’s life and a jersey of his favorite football player, Larry Fitzgerald. Joseph said in his interview that he had, “never seen anyone floating like that.” This brings up a great point — understanding what a drowning victim looks like. Most are very quiet, which is why it’s called the “silent killer“. Here are “8 Quiet Signs of Someone Drowning” from Reader’s Digest. Take a minute to educate yourself. Joseph is our Water Safety Hero of the Week! (Photo: Glendale Police...
Water Safety Hero of the Week: Josh Shaw

Water Safety Hero of the Week: Josh Shaw

Update: It looks like Josh Shaw didn’t tell the truth. And, thus, won’t be our Water Safety Hero of the Week. The only good that comes of this is the mass awareness that this high profiled story has provided the country. I listened to several sports radio stations discussing near drownings and personal water safety stories. Awareness is the first step in water safety. We just need to follow up with some education! Josh Shaw knows something about being tough. He’s a starting cornerback at the University of Southern California. A team captain, to boot. This is evident when he jumped off a 2nd story balcony to save his 7-year-old nephew from drowning. After hitting the concrete, he crawled into the pool and brought his nephew to safety. Luckily, Shaw didn’t break anything — just two, severe high ankle sprains. Shaw’s heroics have garnered him our first ever “Water Safety Hero of the Week”, a weekly blog post commending epic deeds in the name of water safety. Kudos to Josh Shaw, an outstanding young man that kept his eyes out for danger and acted shamelessly to save the life of...
Dean-Callahan Scholarship Fund

Dean-Callahan Scholarship Fund

The 1st Annual Dean-Callahan Summer Swim Off and Volleyball Tournament went off without a hitch on Friday, August 15th, 2014. In fact, there wasn’t really room to move — it was packed. Over 500 hundred people showed up at Mallory Country Club to show their support. The fundraiser created a scholarship for Norfolk Public Schools athletes in memory of two superb young men, Carlton Dean and Joey Callahan. Both of them swam in the Virginia Beach Swim League and for Maury High School. Carlton Dean Jr, at only 19 years old, was killed in a September 2012 shooting. Joey Callahan, 22, drowned after he jumped off the Granby Street bridge in July of 2013. The event was a celebration of these two young men’s lives and what they meant to their friends and family. People came from all over, old and young. I ran into people that I haven’t seen in over a decade — a testament to the two lives we lost all too early. If you are local and didn’t get to come, don’t worry, there is always next summer. So pack your Speedo and goggles because you won’t want to be on the sidelines for the 2nd Annual Swim Off. For more information, please visit...
UNICEF, Commonwealth Games Team Up

UNICEF, Commonwealth Games Team Up

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are over but it’s impact will be felt for years to come. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) teamed up with the Commonwealth Games in an effort to save millions of children’s lives.  They raised funds through a campaign they call, “Put Children First“. Lord Ashdown, the President of UNICEF-UK, penned a brilliant piece on the campaign via a Huffington Post blog.  He provides examples of where the donated proceeds are going — like that of SwimSafe, an initiative to prevent drowning in Bangladesh. “I also visited a project where children are taught to swim. Why is that important? Because with climate-change-driven monsoon flooding becoming an increasing problem in low lying countries like Bangladesh, knowing how to stay afloat and get to dry land is a matter of life and death. It’s staggering that an estimated 18,000 children die every year from drowning in this flood prone nation. Unicef’s work has already taught 300,000 children to swim, giving them a fighting chance of survival in the years to come.” UNICEF travels to Bangladesh to #PutChildrenFirst...
“Water safety worth the investment in local pools”

“Water safety worth the investment in local pools”

I was lucky enough to come across an article written in the Peninsula Clarion — The Newspaper of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Penned by Erika E. Bennett of Soldotna Middle School, the article is an intelligently written opinion piece entitled, “Water safety worth the investment in local pools“ Ms. Bennett asks, "...how can the school board consider closing Skyview Pool, thus limiting access to a valuable resource that is an asset to the children of this community?" She goes on to say that, "Preventing drownings takes a community effort as well as access to a pool. For students who have not learned elsewhere, the school district is left mandating swimming in high school to ensure their children will be safe around water. With this said, we, as a community, must be proactive as early as possible to avoid accidents, which brings me to my final point. Soldotna Middle School is relocating to Skyview, so why don’t we take advantage of such a wonderful opportunity to teach swimming two years earlier, thus fully utilizing a valuable resource and ensuring more safety for our young people around our waterways?" Ms. Bennett, as you might have guessed, knows how to swim.  She’s a fantastic example of “Swimmers Helping Non-Swimmers” — one of our slogans here at International Water Safety Day. But, what is most astonishing, is that Ms. Bennett is in the 7th grade — So, we’d like to say THANKS for being such an outstanding water safety...

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Elizabeth Beisel & Swim Empowerment

Elizabeth Beisel & Swim Empowerment

Have you seen Phil Eil‘s open letter to Olympic medalist Elizabeth Beisel?  Let us give you the run down… Mr. Eil is a News Editor at The Providence Phoenix up in Rhode Island, the same state Ms. Beisel hails from. He explains that he has met with Dylan Molho and Ray Rickman — the force behind Swim Empowerment — a nonprofit organization whose mission is… “…to create a new generation of swimmers in the African American Rhode Island community and to provide all Rhode Island children with the opportunity to learn how to swim.” So where does Elizabeth Beisel come in?  As Mr. Eil puts it… “[you are] a Rhode Island native; Olympic swimming medalist; energetic, Twitter-savvy, young lady with a bright smile — well, you seem like the perfect person to tell about their project.” Guaranteed Approval Unsecured Personal Loans So far, we haven’t seen any official response from Ms. Beisel on her Twitter account — is it possible that she has not even seen the letter yet? If you’d like to read more about Swim Empowerment, check out Dylan Molho’s opinion piece in the Providence Journal.  You will enjoy it — it’s very inspiring. Keep up the great work Swim Empowerment!  ...