Happy International Water Safety Day! Did you know that today, May 15, is International Water Safety Day? The members of the U.S. Congress know, because a group representing drowning prevention efforts in the U.S. is meeting with them today to alert them to the hidden epidemic of…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on May 15, 2013 at 10:17am — No Comments
Have a great program but no way to fund it? Crowdfunding could be the answer. Social media is changing how we do business in more ways than one. The old way of doing business meant funding programs by applying for grants, hosting charity runs or selling candy to raise money. Traditional ways of tapping into established pools of money, getting…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 28, 2012 at 10:58am — 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
How can I teach thee? Let me count the ways....
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 17, 2012 at 10:20am — No Comments
I recently wrote about a group of lifeguards was fired for posting a video of them lip-syncing to the wildly successful Gangnam rap song. Variations on Gangnam have garnered over 300,000,000 hits to-date on YouTube. Thanks to the ham-handed…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 10, 2012 at 11:12am — No Comments
“If you set sights high and you stick with it, you can make real progress.” Dr. Paul Farmer
Dr. Paul Farmer is a medical anthropologist and physician. He is a founding director of Partners in Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that provides direct health care services and…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 3, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Are we ‘Too many cooks spoil the soup’ or ‘Stone soup’? (Stone soup is the fable where the hungry soldier puts a stone in a pot of water and convinces the townspeople to add to the ‘delicious’ stone soup by adding a turnip, a potato, a carrot, until it really does become a delicious soup for the whole town.)
Too many cooks spoil the soup…Continue
Even the best swimmers are not drown-proof, and Shallow Water Blackout can be the cause. I’ve had some inquiries about Shallow Water Blackout recently which led me to develop a list of resources. I thought I’d share them here, starting with a description of the issue from …Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on September 19, 2012 at 3:33pm — No Comments
A group of lifeguards was fired for creating a video on YouTube. This link has over 1,000,000 hits so far. Yes, that is 1 million people who now know what a lifeguard uniform looks like. It’s 1 million…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on September 12, 2012 at 11:50am — No Comments
That’s right, cell phones don’t work when they are wet. I’ve heard the trick about putting them in a bag of rice to dry them out, so if you leave your phone outside during a rain storm or it tips out of your pocket into a puddle, you can bring it back to life in a day. That’s great, but what if you need to call for help? What if your phone gets…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on September 5, 2012 at 11:32am — No Comments
I am. Why just last week, while picking up school supplies for my kids, I expressed eagerness that school is starting soon. Judging from the shocked looks on the other mom’s faces I might as well have said I hate my kids and am miserable being around them. (For the record, I love them intensely, but after 12 weeks we are ALL ready for school to start!) And the list…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on August 29, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
My kids and I headed to one of our favorite places last weekend, the Millennium Fountain in Chicago. After a week of blistering temperatures, the fountain was packed with kids (and adults) splashing with joyful abandon. The Fountain is brilliant in it’s design, huge slabs of rough granite with water running continuously over them with huge LED…Continue
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
Measurable results. Sustainable results. Analysis. Cost-benefit analysis.
These aren’t just buzzwords. These are the criteria that all drowning prevention programs should be measured against.
I was thrilled to read the just-published…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on May 23, 2012 at 2:53pm — 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 really enjoy talking with teenagers. Perhaps it’s because I did such a lousy job of being a teenager myself, but I really enjoy being with them. I hear them talk, I listen to how they think, I watch what they do, and how and why they make decisions - or how they don’t think at all when they make decisions - and it amazes me how any of us make it through that time. Tossed into a churning…Continue
I was getting in my swim while my daughter had her lesson on Sunday and was watching the parent-tot class in the kid pool. Average age probably 18-24 months, and you saw the whole gamut of personalities in that group of 10 kids. One petite little girl was leaping into the water without inhibition or fear. One little boy was far more interested in deconstructing the safety cone blocking off the…Continue