The USA Swimming Foundation raises funds to support programs that save lives and build champions–in the pool and in life.
As the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming, the USA Swimming Foundation works to strengthen the sport from grassroots to gold medals. Whether we’re equipping our children with learn-to-swim skills, or providing…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on May 21, 2013 at 12:45pm — No Comments
Are you a ‘buy every child safety product on the market’ parent or a ‘well, a few bumps won’t kill them’ parent? Is every table in your house surrounded with foam padding or do you silently curse when you are visiting someone with an indecipherable toilet lock?
We all want to keep kids safe, but the huge range of options can be…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 21, 2012 at 2:34pm — No Comments
’m a mom and I’m pissed off. Not a bit concerned. Not even angry. I’m pissed off as in, ‘I have a flame thrower and I’m not afraid to use it’ pissed off. Why? Because child safety is about as big a mom issue as you can get, and yet children keep drowning and no one is talking about it. We all know ‘stop, drop and roll’, but did you know that…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 1, 2012 at 12:48pm — No Comments
How can I teach thee? Let me count the ways....
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 17, 2012 at 10:20am — No Comments
Social Impact bonds are “a new strategy for improving the performance of government programs. In short, private investors — typically foundations — pay the costs of a new program in its early years, and the government later repays the investors, often with a bonus, as long as the program meets its goals. If it fails, taxpayers pay…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on June 27, 2012 at 11:05am — No Comments
I’ve highlighted several initiatives in the past few months. Time for an update.
1. Petition to the United Nations: Add Drowning to Millennium Development Goal #4, Reduce…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on May 9, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments
We don’t get no respect.
One of the most common themes I hear from aquatics professionals is, ‘Why don’t people realize this is important? Why don’t they understand?’.
The next most common theme is ‘should we or shouldn’t we adopt standards, issue licenses, and have…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on April 18, 2012 at 2:13pm — No Comments
There are as many messages about water safety as there are organizations and individuals working on the issue - which makes it pretty confusing to the general public. The irony is that all the messages are pretty much the same. I think we need to make them uniformly consistent - globally.
Below are the Open Water Drowning Prevention Key…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on April 11, 2012 at 10:45am — No Comments
How do we end drowning? We change people’s behavior around water.
How do we change behavior? We change intrinsic motivation, how someone acts even if no one else is around.
How do we change intrinsic motivation? Tell people what to do. Motivate people to do the right thing. Make it easy…Continue
I was reminded time and again this week of why I like kids. That is not to say that I would ever return to middle school, even on pain of death. That is not to say that I think kids should rule the world and parents and adults should not be making the tough decisions and sticking with them. It is to say that if we listen to our kids it can be a good reminder of the…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on February 8, 2012 at 10:13am — No Comments
My son spotted the t-shirt on the attached photo at the Shedd Aquarium gift shop last weekend. It cracks me up every time I look at it. It is reminiscent of Gary Larson’s brilliant Far Side cartoons that routinely turned our perceptions upside down with hilarious results. We often think of how we are affected by the world around us, but how often…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on January 4, 2012 at 11:55am — No Comments
From USASwimming.org, By Mike Gustafson:
As we wind down the year, we turn our attention toward others in the community who are bringing a positive and profound impact on our sport’s diversity and water safety efforts. There are a few in the swimming world who strive to bring the sport of swimming to all races and ethnicities across the country, and they need to be recognized.
I believe that we in the drowning prevention field need to share information and resources more efficiently and effectively. I believe we must begin to videotape conference presentations and post them to YouTube so a wider range of people can benefit from the knowledge.
I can hear the arguments already, so let’s address…Continue
The scene in the locker room was all too familiar. Mothers with a variation of determined, frazzled, happy or ‘I’m just about to blow’ looks on their face wrestling pudgy toddler arms into winter coats and trying to maneuver feet into boots while the same oblivious child is determined to explore the lockers, the inside of their nose, or those tantalizing crumbs left by…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on December 14, 2011 at 10:45am — No Comments
There are wonderful theories about how we should end drowning. Everyone should have one-on-one swim lessons with a qualified instructor. Every pool should be fenced. Every potentially dangerous body of water should be fenced with warning signs that the public obeys. Parents should supervise their children at all times near water. Approved lifejackets should…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 23, 2011 at 11:33am — No Comments
Social media can be a powerful tool or a destructive influence. We all know that well-chosen words can elevate or decimate, but we also know that time heals all wounds and being able to forget words, or at least add a rosy hue to the memory, can be a blessing.
Social media and the internet have changed that. Once it’s…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 10, 2011 at 11:53am — No Comments
Natural disasters like flooding and tsunamis. Unsafe environments like overloaded ferries or rickety boats. Over-estimating skill and under-estimating the power of unfamiliar water. Alcohol-induced poor judgement. Lack of swimming ability.…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 2, 2011 at 12:35pm — No Comments
Do you remember your baby’s first bath? My children are 8 and 10 now and I still vividly recall the slightly concerned frown when they were first carefully lowered into the baby bath, which quickly dissolved into sheer bliss. Just was exciting was the day they discovered that they had power over the water. If you hit water with your fist it splashes!…Continue
Hannah Plint drowned on October 4, 2007, just shy of her third birthday.
Joshua Collingsworth drowned on June 4, 2008, age 2 1/2.
Stewie Leonard drowned on January 1, 1989, age 21 months.
An estimated 600,000 children drown…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 4, 2011 at 12:50pm — No Comments
Death intruded into my life twice last week. Shockingly. Wrenchingly. Unexpectedly.
All deaths are not equal. The impact is not equal. As I grieve the loss of a family member, someone I have known my whole life, I have a visceral feeling that part of my family’s roots have been torn up too early, violently. It is a…Continue