May 15th, 2013 is the 2nd Annual International Water Safety Day

When Nate Tschol, one of the visionaries behind International Water Safety Day, approached me last year to gain SwimSwam’s support for his program, the concept was a simple one. Similar to Earth Day, he and co-founders Shaun Anderson, Jayson Jackson, and Miriam Lynch wanted International Water Safety Day to be a day when swimming people around the world did something positive for water safety: volunteered to give a lesson, spread awareness about the dangers of drowning, or do whatever else they could on the chance of saving a life.

To learn more about International Water Safety Day, visit the official website.

What began as a simple vision has grown into an international movement, and on Wednesday, the 2nd annual International Water Safety Day, Tschol and many of his supporters will go before a group of congressional leaders to present on the epidemic that drowning has become, and hope to add their name to the list of supporters that have gotten behind IWSD.

Those scheduled to speak include:

Wanda Butts, 2013 CNN Hero and founder of The Josh Project
Henry Reyes, President of the International Surf Lifesaving Association (ISLA)
Scott Wolfson, US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
Connie Harvey, American Red Cross
Dr. E. Newton Jackson, President, American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation
Dr. Angela Beale, Council for Aquatic Professionals
Kimberly Charis, National Association of State Boards of Education
Kevin McCartney, Boys & Girls Club of America
Mike Espino, YMCA of the USA
Alicia McConnell, United States Olympic Committee
Debbie Hesse, USA Swimming Foundation

That’s a list of very, very powerful people in the world of aquatics and beyond the world of aquatics, showing that a relatively simple concept when pushed by the energy of this group of four can change the world.

According to the CDC, every day in the United States, about 10 people die from drowning. According to the Orange County Fire Authority, a swimming pool is 14 times more likely than a motor vehicle to be involved in the death of a child under the age of 4, and yet the amount of government resources invested into securing the safety of children in cars absolutely dwarfs the amount invested on preventing dr0wnings.

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Braden Keith

Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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