Tatiana Hernandez introduced her son to swimming when he was just three months old because she didn’t want him to become another drowning statistic. “In South Florida it should be mandatory that all children should learn how to swim,” she said. Florida routinely leads the nation with the number of drowning deaths among children aged 5 and younger, so the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Baby Otter Swim School co-hosted an event Saturday at the Pompano Beach Aquatic Center to teach kids how to stay safe in the water. Marlene Bloom started teaching very young children how to swim over 40 years ago when she was told her 2-year-old daughter was too young to learn. Read more….
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.