From Open Water Source:
Shaun Anderson and Jayson Jackson continue to do tremendous good in this world. Their latest project, International Water Safety Day, is on May 15, 2012 and is meant to raise awareness of the drowning pandemic to the public.
International Water Safety Day is an initiative by Diversity in Aquatics to to help reduce drowning worldwide. International Water Safety Day is a day designed to educate youth becoming safe in the water while spreading global awareness about the ongoing drowning pandemic.
With over 1,000 deaths daily, the lack of water safety education has propelled drowning to the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide.Diversity in Aquatics is lobbying the global community to push for swimming lessons in schools.
Diversity in Aquatics is first embarking on its mission by promoting and organizing individuals including aquatic professionals, competitive swimmers, coaches, master swimmers, scuba divers, water polo players, recreational swimmers and boaters to hold a water safety event or give a water safety classroom lesson on May 15th, 2012.
Its longer term goal is to leverage this awareness to get water safety lessons included in grade school health classes.
In our travels around the world, we have seen this success and long-term societal benefits from communities ranging from Seal Beach, California to nearly every elementary school in Japan. These communities and their grass roots efforts have proven the long-term merit of having a populace that can swim.