Today’s blog is to announce a podcast I just recorded and published with one purpose: To reach as many parents as possible and potentially save the life of a child. The purpose of the podcast is not only to prevent unnecessary drowning, but to prevent and recognize how devastating nonfatal, near drowning can be as well.


I have dedicated this podcast to Samual Morris. Samual Morris did survive a nonfatal, near drowning, but today he suffers from a hypoxic brain injury causing a lifelong disability. His mother Jo-ann writes, “there is no cure for my child.”


Nonfatal near drowning can occur in seconds causing brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities, including memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning.


The podcast challenges parents, in fact, begs parents to NEVER underestimate how easy it is for a child to find himself in a life or death situation in the water. Please join me in our fight against drowning and share this podcast with as many parents as possible. Together we CAN make a difference and save the life of a child.



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Comment by Jim Reiser on December 2, 2010 at 10:57am
Thanks, Bill, no worries... It's nice to know we're in this fight together, doing everything we can to spread the message. The bottom line is, you are right, in that learning to swim can not be the only method of drowning prevention and parents should watch their children closely no matter if they have skills or not. In many cases, parents "think" their children can swim better than they can and become careless.
Comment by Bill Soukup on December 2, 2010 at 10:49am
Jim, I stand corrected. Using the term "small part" should have been "part".
Comment by Jim Reiser on December 2, 2010 at 10:45am
Great points, Bill. Although I would argue that teaching children how to swim is a BIG PART of preventing drownings, it is certainly not and CAN NOT be the only means of prevention. I DO AGREE 100% WITH all your points on the additional barriers of protection. In fact, I covered those points precisely in the podcast and shared the message of the SAFER 3. But again, thank you for reinforcing the importance of multiple layers of protection, as they are so critical.
Comment by Bill Soukup on December 2, 2010 at 10:21am
Teaching kids how to swim is only a small part of preventing drownings. I should make is known that I am President of Commercial Pool & Spa Supplies, Inc. Thus, me comments are directed towards public/commercial pools. Unfortunately, we have at least 2-3 drownings per year in our customer base. It seems like most of our drownings are from parents not supervising or watching their kids when there is a pool they have access to. All pools should have locked doors or gates that take a key, or room key to enter. Preventing access would drastically cut down the number of drownings per year.

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