Swim Safety Curriculum Makes Its Way to International School of Texas

International School of Texas will be partnering with Colin’s Hope this Spring to bring water safety to their campus. These partnerships are key to saving lives and preventing drownings. Colin’s Hope aims to maximize our prevention efforts by working with teachers, parents, and students at International School of Texas in order to create the biggest impact possible.

Beginning in May, all students in the Early Childhood-Grade 1 through 1st grade classes will receive the Colin’s Hope Swim Safety Classroom Program over a 1-week period. Additionally, younger and older students will have the opportunity to learn about safer behavior around water through stories and service projects. The integration of this program will also provide an opportunity for parents and teachers to learn and speak about critical layers of protection.

Thank you to Tim Reilly, Head of School, and the entire International School of Texas campus! We are looking forward to a Best Spring Ever with you.

Colin’s Hope and Local Partners Host Successful Benefit Events

WOW! Colin’s Hope is amazed at the amount of support we received from local communities last week! Thanks to two of our local partners – Kendra Scott (South Congress) and Hamlin Home Team – many more families and children will be able to receive water safety information!

On August 9, a Give Back Night at Kendra Scott resulted in a $1,600 donation for drowning prevention. On August 11, Jill Hamlin with Hamlin Home Team collected over $1,000 dollars in support for Colin’s Hope from a neighborhood event. This. Is. HUGE. It is because of partners like these that Colin’s Hope is able to engage more closely with community members and local families! Thank you, all, so much!

Couldn’t make these events? No worries! Visit us soon at:

Interested in hosting a benefit night? Email us at info@colinshope.org today! Benefit nights allow local communities to continue receiving and sharing water safety information, and is a great way to support a local cause. Contact us today to set up your event!

Give Back Nights Set to Benefit Colin’s Hope

Save the Dates! Thanks to some of our amazing local supporters, Colin’s Hope will be benefiting from a few upcoming Give Back Nights. Look for us at the following events:

Kendra Scott Gives Back

  • Wednesday, August 9, 6-8pm at the South Congress Location
  • Join us as we help Kendra Scott introduce their NEW Fall 2017 collection! 20% of proceeds will benefit Colin’s Hope. Can’t make it?? Place your pre-order today!

Hamlin Home Team Frozy’s and Teacher Talk

  • Friday, August 11, 12-4pm at 3101 Hayden Bnd, Austin, TX 78738
  • Come enjoy a Frozy’s Shaved Ice and a visit with friends! Teacher assignments will be sent that afternoon so we’ll be checking our emails while the kids play. The Hamlin Home Team is happy to provide the shaved ice while collecting donations for Colin’s Hope. Everyone welcome, no matter the school. Bring your suits and towels and plan to hang!

Modern Market Give Back Nights

  • Wednesday, September 6 at the Westlake location, and
  • Wednesday, September 20 at the Arboretum location
  • 50% of all mentions will benefit Colin’s Hope!

THANK YOU to all of our fantastic supporters for these opportunities, and for helping us to achieve our vision of a world where children do not drown!

O’Neill’s Pools Gathers Life Jackets for Area Loaner Stations

Colin’s Hope is excited to partner with O’Neill’s Pools as they gather life jackets for area loaner stations! Colin’s Hope works year-round to collect gently used life jackets of any size that can be placed at loaner stations for guests to use during their visits.

With 4th of July right around the corner, this is the perfect time to make sure your family’s life jackets still fit! If anyone has an ill-fitted jacket, or you are planning to get a new one, you can donate your gently used AND reusable jackets to O’Neill’s Pools in Lakeway in exchange for $5 off a new kid’s jacket.

Thank you, Amy and Neil!

How do I know if a life jacket fits properly?

Colin’s Hope uses 3 simple steps to make sure a US Coast Guard approved jacket fits well:

  • All of the buckles should close, usually with a audible “click”
  • It should be snug and tight (like a hug)
  • A jacket should stay on your chest when arms are lifted OR when someone tugs on the shoulders

Hamilton Pool needs ADULT life jackets!

Now that Hamilton Pool is open for the summer, guests are utilizing the brand new life jacket loaner station! This is GREAT news, but we can really use your help to get more adult life jackets out there. Thinking of buying a new life jacket? Drop off your gently used adult-sized life jacket at O’Neill’s Pools as soon as you can, and we will make sure to get it out to our partners at Hamilton Pool!

Thank  you, and have a BEST DAY EVER!

Colin’s Hope at the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

We are excited to participate in the 8th Annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson! Taking place on Thursday, June 22, the event aims to build awareness about the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning.

Team WLSL (hosts of the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson), share these key messages as to WHY this event is so important:

The problem is real

Per the Center for Disease Control, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for U.S. children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause for children under 14; drowning is an even greater threat in other countries around the world.

Many lack basic swimming skills

In 2014, a survey completed by the American Red Cross found that more than half of all Americans (54 percent) either can’t swim or don’t have all of the basic swimming skills.

Parental supervision is key

According to a SafeKids Worldwide 2016 report, despite the fact that lack of supervision plays a role in the majority of drowning deaths, less than half of parents (49 percent) indicate they remain within arms’ reach of their child in the water.

This event is WORLD WIDE, and Colin’s Hope is proud to be present at 3 local sites on June 22:

  1. Schlitterbahn – New Braunfels: 9am-10am
  2. SafeSplash Swim School – Anderson Mill location: 12pm – 1:30pm
  3. Lakeway Swim Center: 5pm – 7pm

Join in on the fun, register for a FREE swim lesson, and remember to be safer this summer!

Life Jacket Loaner Station Installed at Hamilton Pool

We are excited to share this prevention win with you! Together with our amazing partners at Capital Area Trauma Regional Advisory Council and Travis County Parks a brand new life jacket loaner station opened at Hamilton Pool Preserve and has been immediately utilized by visiting families! We couldn’t be happier to have received this news as these jackets are crucial to open water safety.

Timeline of events:

  • Summer 2016 – 3 drownings (2 fatal and 1 non-fatal) occur at Hamilton Pool Preserve
  • Travis County Parks closes Hamilton pool to swimming
  • Travis County Parks calls Colin’s Hope to help get a life jacket loaner station up and running at Hamilton Pool as well as Reimers Ranch Park
  • Colin’s Hope assists with important messaging on station signage
  • May 1, 2017 – Life Jacket Loaner Station opens and is ready for use!

We are thrilled to continue stocking these stations with life saving devices all year! Thank you to CATRAC for donating life jackets, and to Travis County Parks for putting these stations together. Drowning is preventable, and together we can make a ripple in water safety!

Check out this interview by KEYE-TV, our CBS News affiliate, conducted lakeside by the life jacket loaner station at Mansfield Dam Park with Colins’ Hope Executive Director Alissa Magrum! ***2 corrections: a) Colin’s Hope did not put up the loaner station, but we do keep them stocked. b) We only assist with stations in central Texas.

Best Day Ever Party To Prevent Drowning Supports Preschool Program

Saturday, April 1 was a spectacular night for Colin’s Hope, as we raised essential funds to support the Preschool Swim Safety Program.

Thank you to our guests, our sponsors, and our volunteers for making a HUGE RIPPLE at the Best Day Ever Party to Prevent Drowning!

What an amazing evening for all who attended. Thank You so very much.

While we are still tallying up the totals and tidying up numbers, we believe that with the community’s support and generous contributions, we raised over $100,000 for Colin’s Hope!  This is absolutely incredible and means that so many more children will be able to participate in our Preschool Swim Safety Program. We will be able to provide more families with life saving water safety education and more life jackets to loaner stations at area lakes.

We are so energized to do all we can to continue our fight to prevent drowning.  

We celebrate the memory and life of the children we have lost to drowning (Colin, Tristan, Averie, Grace, Sarah… ) and the vibrant lives of those who have survived a non-fatal drowning (Jack, Mason, and Brady). We use these angels and children as our motivation to do all we can to achieve our vision of a world where children do not drown. We are so grateful that our supporters share this vision with us.

Please talk to your family and friends about water safety. Please change your behavior to be safer around water.  We challenge everyone to visit our website for water safety resources and take our Water Safety Quiz to become a Water Guardian.

Finally, we thank you everyone for helping us to exceed our fundraising goals while raising incredible awareness for drowning prevention.


The Colin’s Hope Team


Colin’s Hope Teams Up With Kwaddle

For the first time ever, Colin’s Hope is teaming up with Kwaddle, a local business dedicated to helping parents find amazing extracurricular opportunities for their children, to help share our water safety messages across the city.

Kwaddle is a new startup born right here in Austin, TX. It helps parents find the best summer camps, activities and classes for children. Over 500 businesses are listed and over 2,000 different activities, camps and family-friendly events are listed on Kwaddle.com.

Each year Kwaddle sponsors a child to go to summer camp (up to $300 value) as part of their mission to help educate and enrich children. To enter the contest simply sign up here, and use the Colin’s Hope code: Amplify-colinshope

Thank you Kwaddle for helping to Amplify Colin’s Hope during the 2017 Amplify Austin Campaign!

Exciting News About the 2017 Got2Swim!

Colin’s Hope is excited to announce a partnership with Open Water Planet to host The 9th Annual Colin’s Hope Got2Swim 10K on Sunday, September 24, 2017 as part of the Open Water Planet Triton Swim Series

This partnership meets the need for more and safer open water swimming events and elevates our shared mission of water safety and drowning prevention. We are ecstatic!

The Colin’s Hope Got2Swim 10K is a pledge-raising swim in Lake Travis (brand new location), that starts and finishes at Mansfield Dam Park. 


  • Expansion of the Colin’s Hope innovative and effective Preschool Swim Safety Program (which tripled in size last year and continues to expand!) 
  • Targeted water safety education card distribution to preschools, child care centers, swim schools, and families throughout Texas and beyond
  • Maintenance and expansion of the Colin’s Hope life jacket loaner program at popular area lakes (including the Mansfield Dam Park where the Got2Swim starts and finishes.
  • Water safety and swim safety classes for children across Texas
  • Expansion of Colin’s Hope safety signage at public and community pools
  • and so much more!

Swimmers can participate as a solo swimmer or form 2-person or 3-person relay teams. This epic open water swimming journey will raise incredible awareness and $50,000 for Colin’s Hope. Each swimmer will be accompanied by a water safety team including: a personal Water Guardian kayaker and open water certified life guards. 

Each swimmer is required to raise or contribute at least $500 (in addition to the registration fee) to Colin’s Hope. We know it will be a BEST DAY EVER on the water to prevent drowning.

Registration is now open, and spots are limited as this will sell out.  Grab your Water Guardian or your relay teammate(s) and sign up. You can see all the details and register here

We know that drowning is preventable and with your help we can help make even bigger waves in water safety and drowning prevention in 2017. We hope to see you in the water for the Colin’s Hope 2017 Got2Swim 10K and hope you’ll consider traveling as a Colin’s Hope ambassador to swim in another Open Water Planet Triton event. I’m planning to take on the entire series!

Best Day Ever,

Alissa Magrum
Colin’s Hope Executive Director

C: (512) 294-3910
E: alissa.magrum@colinshope.org

Lost Creek Aquatics Supports Preschool Swim Safety Program

Lost Creek Aquatics helped Colin’s Hope end 2016 with a bang by supporting the Preschool Swim Safety Program. This is part of a year-round partnership with LCA that also gives their swimmers quality opportunities with Colin’s Hope throughout the year and educates LCA families about water safety.

Thanks to their tremendous fundraising efforts, Lost Creek Aquatics smashed their 50 student goal, and were able to sponsor 66 children for the program. That’s at least 3 preschool classrooms! During their team holiday event, LCA athletes and their families were able to donate swimsuits and goggles for kiddos that might them to participate in the program. Also, as a top competitive team in the country, LCA was able to invite Speedo swimmer Elizabeth Beisel and her Olympic medals to hang out with the team!

Check out this video that shows our preschool program in action. Thank you Lost Creek Aquatics!

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