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Eagle Scout Creates Drowning Public Safety Announcement

Troop 975 presents a public service announcement warning about drowning. This PSA is scheduled to air on Vacaville public television. Drowning is still a serious problem. This astonishing video begins with a cinematic representation and ends with an interview with Nadina Riggsbee.

You can view this video by navigating to DPF's video page here.

Drowning Prevention Foundation Adopts International Open Water Safety Guidelines

Care of Self:

  • Learn swimming and water survival skills.
  • Always swim with others.
  • Obey all safety signs and warning flags.
  • Never go in the water after drinking alcohol.
  • Know how and when to use a life jacket.
  • Swim in areas with a lifeguard.
  • Know the weather and water conditions before getting in the water.
  • Always enter shallow and unknown water feet first.
Care of Others:
  • Help and encourage others, especially children, to learn swimming and water safety survival skills.
  • Swim in areas with lifeguards.
  • Set water safety rules.
  • Always provide close and constant attention to children you are supervising in or near water.
  • Know how and when to use a life jacket, especially with children and weak swimmers.
  • Learn first aid and CPR.
  • Learn safe ways of rescuing others without putting yourself in danger.
  • Obey all safety signs and warning flags.

Information behind the research and the Task Force members can be found here.

Have Fun and Be Safe Around the Water this Summer

Here are some tips to keep your family safe around the water:
  • Children and inexperienced swimmers should ALWAYS wear a US Coast Guard-approved life jacket when around the water.
  • Set water safety rules for the whole family based on swimming abilities (for example, inexperienced swimmers should stay in water less than chest deep).
  • Be knowledgeable of the water environment you are in and its potential hazards such as deep areas and changing currents. The more informed you are, the less likely you are to get hurt.
  • Drain inflatable pools and coolers after each use. A toddler can drown in just one inch of water.
  • Stay within arms length of inexperienced swimmers.
  • Teach kids never to swim alone.
  • Don’t let kids dive into water less than nine feet deep.
  • Swimming lessons and life jackets do not replace supervision. Always watch kids in and around water. Drowning is quick and silent - it can happen in less than a minute.
  • When many people are near the pool at the same time, assign a water watcher. Don't assume someone else is watching!
  • Keep a phone nearby so you can quickly call 911 in an emergency.

Massachusetts State Proclamation In Recognition Of Drowning Awareness Month

May 2012 - Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Governor Deval Patrick proclaims May to be Drowning Awareness Month, thanks to the tireless efforts of Nadina Riggsbee, a spokesperson for this vital cause whose own children were affected. Ms. Riggsbee's Drowning Prevention Foundation is mentioned in the proclamation. Learn more in the PDF.

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Nadina Riggsbee Receives WWA Award


Excerpts from Press Release - October 11, 2010

WWA celebrates 30 years of growth, excellence and innovation with a mix of industry founders and first-time attendees in San Antonio

More than 1,500 waterpark owners, operators, developers, suppliers, designers and industry legends came together Oct. 6-10, in San Antonio, Texas to celebrate the World Waterpark Association’s 30th Anniversary. Attendees found more reasons than ever to call the WWA Show the most comprehensive and informative event available for water leisure professionals.

"Each year we work hard to bring to new ideas on safety, marketing, operations, staff development, standards and more to the forefront because we know how much these areas impact the daily success of our member facilities," said Chris Landgrave, General Manager, Deep River Waterpark & Co-Chair of WWA Education Committee.

WWA’s ongoing work to impact water safety was also highlighted including WWA’s role as one of eight Campaign Safety Partner organizations for the CPSC "Pool Safely" campaign. An update on the Model Aquatic Health Code and the WWA session was presented by the WWA MAHC Task Group and the CDC’s MAHC Steering Committee.

One of the keynote events of each year’s WWA General Session is the announcement of WWA Board Award recipients. The awards recognize member contributions in a variety of areas significant to the industry’s success such as: dedication to guest and employee safety; excellence in leadership; innovation and creativity in designing new themes and attractions; and the development of standards that raise the bar for everyone employed in water leisure.

In the Board Awards ceremony, WWA Board Chair, Chris Swartz acknowledged the significant accomplishments of 23 exceptional recipients including:

  • Kelly Ogle Memorial Safety Award, for significant contribution to guest and employee safety
  • Nadina Riggsbee, Drowning Prevention Foundation, Benicia, Calif. - shown receiving the award in the photo here
  • Beth Root, Buzzonic, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Wet ‘n Wild GE Universal EHS Team, Orlando, Fla.
  • Wild Wadi - Jumeirah Beach Resort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

BFD and VALERO REFINERY Have Partnered with Drowning Prevention Foundation


During the month of June 2009, the Executive Director for the Drowning Prevention Foundation, Nadina Riggsbee, met with representatives from the Benicia Fire Department and Valero Refinery to establish a public education partnership. As a result, a public education campaign to inform the residents of Benicia regarding drowning prevention is well underway. The Benicia Fire Department will be assisting the Drowning Prevention Foundation in distributing brochures to Benicia residents. "We want to ensure that every resident with a pool in Benicia receives a copy of the drowning prevention brochure," said Fire Chief Steve Vurcurevich.

Ray Iverson, Assistant Fire Marshal
        (707) 746-4273

About the Drowning Prevention Foundation

Our mission is to prevent drowning through public education, access to water safety resources, and policy change. Established in 1985, we are a nonprofit, community-based organization recognized both locally and nationally as a leading expert in drowning prevention methods, technology, policy and activities.

Our activites include:

  • Producing and distributing water safety educational materials for children and parents
  • Making water safety resources such as swimming lessons, life jackets, and pool barriers more accessible regardless of cost
  • Providing technical assistance to strengthen local, state, and national water safety legislation

A Drowning Happens In Seconds

It could happen to you! A diligent father switches his attention to the phone while his child sinks lifelessly to the bottom of the swimming pool. A normally attentive mother is cooking in the kitchen, her youngster falls into the neighbor's pool. A conscientious babysitter is distracted by the needs of one of her many charges, another wanders off and drowns.

Obviously supervision is critically important, but it's virtually impossible to supervise young children every minute of every day. That is why parents and caregivers must provide multiple layers of protection - pool fencing, self-closing, and self-locking gates, automatic sliding door closers, pool alarms, automatic safety covers, as well as constant supervision.

The Drowning Prevention Foundation • Nadina Riggsbee, President/Founder
A non-profit organization established in California, 1985
www.drowningpreventionfoundation.org • © 2010-2012 Drowning Prevention Foundation