STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – An unprecedented criminal case is unfolding in Fairfield County, Connecticut.A lifeguard, credited with saving a young boy’s life, is now being charged for putting him in danger. Read More
FALMOUTH – A heartbreaking scene in Falmouth early Saturday afternoon after a child reportedly nearly drowned in a swimming pool. Rescuers rushed to the Cape Cod Campresort & Cabins at 17…
Dutch swimming union KNZB is calling for obligatory swimming lessons for asylum seekers, following the drowning of a 16-year-old Syrian boy in a swimming pool in Venlo on Monday. The union doesn’t necessarily want every asylum seekers to get a swimming diploma, but “every child must get compulsory experience with water and swimming”, Alice Schols of the KNZB said to RTL Nieuws.The boy who drowned yesterday was a refugee from Syria. According to the broadcaster, pool staff warned him to get out of the water several times. He died after being taken out of the water in critical condition.He isn’t the first young refugee to drown in the Netherlands. In June a 13-year-old boy drowned while swimming in the Waal. And two years ago a 9-year-old Syrian girl drowned shortly after a swimming lesson at a pool in Rhenen. Read more…
The federal government is making 15,000 more foreign workers available to employers, but pool managers likely won’t benefit.
By Nate Traylor
The Dept. of Homeland Security recently raised the number of H-2B visas from 66,000 to 81,000 this fiscal year, deepening the talent pool for U.S. employers in need of seasonal workers. But with swim season winding down, pool management firms say it’s too late in the game to benefit.“There wouldn’t be any employees who’d want to come here for just a month,” said the representative of a pool management company who wished to remain anonymous. (These firms often speak on the condition of anonymity, citing concerns about competition.)That echoes the sentiments of many other seasonal industries that feel the expansion is well intended but ill-timed. The program permits non-skilled, non-agricultural foreign laborers to work short-term in seasonal industries, and it can take up to 90 days for applications to be approved. Read More…
Twin brothers Torrence and Thurman Thomas have turned their marketing savvy and music connections into a nonprofit that has funded swimming lessons for nearly 1,000 children over the past six years.In 2011, the 27-year-old brothers, who are musicians as well as digital content producers, wanted to contribute to society in a positive way. They formed Tank Proof, an organization that relies on corporate sponsorships and private donations.“We are musicians by trade, but we wanted to give back,” Torrence Thomas said. “We thought of swimming lessons, and we have more and more kids sign up each year.”Tank Proof focuses on children who may not otherwise have the opportunity to receive swimming lessons. According to the YMCA, 70 percent of minority children do not know how to swim.“We wouldn’t have started Tank Proof if it weren’t for being in the music industry,” Thurman Thomas said. “We saw other musicians giving back, and we wanted to have qualitative and quantitative results. First we thought maybe we’d do something like a music clinic, but then we thought about swimming lessons.” READ MORE…
Nico Payne Posted: Jul 25, 2017 11:50 AM MST Updated: Jul 25, 2017 12:16 PM MST EL CENTRO, Calif. – The city of El Centro received funds to help provide free or reduced cost swim lessons for children.
The USA Swimming foundation awarded the grant as part of the Make a Splash Grant Foundation.During the hot summer months many people take to the pool to keep cool, but if you don’t take the proper safety precautions swimming can be very dangerous.News 11 spoke to city officials and a swim coach on why swim safety is so important in the desert southwest.
(CNN)Five teenagers who taunted a drowning man while recording his death from afar may face criminal charges, a Florida police chief said Friday.Cocoa Police Chief Michael Cantaloupe said Friday he will recommend the state attorney prosecute the teens under a statute that requires a person with knowledge of a death to notify a medical examiner. The state attorney will decide whether to file the charges, which would be a misdemeanor under that statute.The chief’s statement was a shift. Authorities previously said the teens wouldn’t be charged because Florida does not have a law that obligates a citizen to render aid or call for help for anyone in distress. Read more…
Teaching children to be safe around water is a necessity, not a luxury. That’s why Florida Blue plans to donate a significant grant to YMCA of Florida’s First Coast in support of its drowning prevention program– ‘Safety Around Water.’ The support will allow the YMCA to provide free swim lessons to more than 800 additional children on the First Coast. At a state-wide level, Florida Blue’s assistance will benefit more than 5,000 children. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 to 4-years-old and is the second leading cause of death for children from 5 to 14-years-old. Florida Blue will make the official grant announcement Tuesday, July 18, at the Winston Family YMCA. As new details are released, WOKV will update this story.
This summer, swim safelyCOMMENTARY /// Water safety
Cooling off in a pool, lake or ocean is a great way to beat the heat—but there can be danger.Drowning is a leading cause of death in children under 14. One reason is that 70 percent of African American and 60 percent of Hispanic children don’t know how to swim, the USA Swimming Foundation reports. Minority children are also less involved in competitive swimming when compared to their white peers, comprising only 1 percent of USA Swimming membership.Some of the reasons include:
PEORIA — Gwynn Family Aquatic Center joined an international effort Thursday to set a world record and possibly save some lives in the process.The Peoria Park District facility at 809 West John H. Gwynn Jr. Ave. on Peoria’s south side served as an official host location for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (TM), an international event involving 600 waterparks, aquatic facilities and other swimming pools in more than 20 countries around the world.The WLSL was created in 2010 by
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A USA Swimming Foundation study says black and Hispanic children still lag behind in swimming ability despite overall improvement for children nationwide since 2010.The study found that drownings are the second-leading cause of unintentional death for children under 14. Researchers said 64 percent of black children and 45 percent of Hispanic children in the U.S. cannot swim.The foundation says half the 41 Broward County children under age 5 who have drowned since 2009 were black. Researchers said black children were 5.5 times more likely to drown than white children.
Michael Phelps – Pool Safely
a poolside press event over the weekend, hosted at a Boys & Girls Club in Chicago, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Pool Safely campaign and the Michael Phelps Foundation announced a new partnership focused on addressing a serious public health crisis: child drownings. Michael Phelps – Pool SafelyPool Safely and the Michael Phelps Foundation will collaborate to promote each other’s efforts to help prevent fatal and non-fatal child drownings in swimming pools and spas across the country. The Michael Phelps Foundation joins more than 1,000 Pool Safely partners that work together to educate individuals and families nationwide about the importance of being safer in and around the water.“CPSC is excited to collaborate with the greatest swimmer in the history of the sport and his Foundation to help educate millions of Americans and their families about the simple water safety steps that can save lives,” said CPSC Commissioner Joseph Mohorovic, who participated in today’s event. “By working together in a public-private partnership, Pool Safely and the Michael Phelps Foundation’s im program will help kids have a safer time in and around the water, this summer and beyond.”“We are pleased to partner with CPSC’s national drowning prevention campaign and continue to raise awareness for water safety initiatives,” said Michael Phelps, President of the Michael Phelps Foundation. “Our im program reaches thousands of youth and young adults year-round with water safety, wellness and goal-setting programming. The progress we have made to date is very encouraging, but we have more work to do. We are committed to helping people have a better understanding of how to be safer, yet still have fun, in and around the water. Join us – and other Olympic swimmers – in taking the Pool Safely Pledge!”“New data from the Pool Safely campaign shows a 17 percent decline in fatal drownings in pools since 2010 among the most vulnerable population: children younger than five,” said CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle. “We are making progress, but we need even more kids taking swim lessons, more adults serving as Water Watchers, more fences installed, and more people trained in CPR. Today’s swimming lesson with Michael and his Foundation serves as a reminder of the importance of all children learning how to swim — no matter where they live or what their circumstance.”At the partnership event, clinic participants received swim instruction, as well as learned about the importance of water safety. Children also took the Pool Safely Pledge, which affirms that they will: never swim alone, ask parents for swimming lessons, and stay away from drains in pools and hot tubs.Since its inception in 2010, the Pool Safely campaign has developed a network of partners that serve as the lifeblood of the campaign. These groups include local safety organizations to national entities, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Walmart, the American Red Cross, YMCA of the USA, the National Drowning Prevention Alliance and the Boy Scouts of America. Pool Safely partners have played a critical part in the campaign’s effort to increase awareness of water safety and prevent fatal and nonfatal child drownings and drain entrapments in pools and spas.Pool Safely is CPSC’s public education and outreach effort to prevent drownings and entrapments in swimming pools and spas.
The campaign provides a number of resources to help parents teach their children about water safety, including a new Kids Corner on the campaign’s newly designed website where parents will find:• the Pool Safely Song, written and recorded by children’s performer Laurie Berkner;• “The Adventures of Splish and Splash” smartphone app, available for free download on Android and Apple products; and• the Pool Safely Pledge, with Pledges specifically designed for kids (adults should take their version as well).