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:
- Schlitterbahn – New Braunfels: 9am-10am
- SafeSplash Swim School – Anderson Mill location: 12pm – 1:30pm
- 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.
BEST DAY EVER!
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.
PROCEEDS FROM THE GOT2SWIM 10K SUPPORT THE COLIN’S HOPE 2017 DROWNING PREVENTION INITIATIVES:
- 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,
Colin’s Hope Executive Director
C: (512) 294-3910
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!
Colin’s Hope Trains Home Visitors of Texas HIPPY
Colin’s Hope was proud to train 140 Texas HIPPY (Home Instruction of Parents of Preschool Youngsters) home visitors from across the state to take our water safety education and resources directly to parents and children in their homes! A part of the AmeriCorps program, HIPPY home visitors provide parents with resources and education that will help them prepare their preschool-aged children for success. Partnerships like these are essential to the drowning prevention work Colin’s Hope strives for every day because this direct communication with families will truly increase our reach and impact while saving lives.
Thank you to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services for giving Colin’s Hope the opportunity to meet Texas HIPPY at the annual Partners In Prevention Conference this past September. We look forward to strengthening this partnership in the coming year.
LTHS Athlete Ambassadors Swim for Colin’s Hope
Last month, over 20 Athlete Ambassadors of the Lake Travis High School Swimming & Diving Team took on a 5000 yard challenge to raise funds for drowning prevention. These dedicated individuals pledged their time and talent to support the Colin’s Hope Preschool Water Safety Program, which provides local preschool students with water safety and swimming lessons.
Together, the LTHS team raised over $2,000! This amazing donation can provide 27 preschool children with 8 free lessons.
We are incredibly proud of all that the LTHS Swimming & Diving Team has done for Colin’s Hope and our local community! A special Best Thank You Ever and congratulations goes to Jacob, Kaley, and Zach for being the top 3 pledge raisers on the team. It’s not too late to support the LTHS Swimming & Diving Swim Raiser. Help them continue to make this the Best Day Ever by visiting their page today!
Austin-Travis County EMS Releases Drowning Report
Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services Responds to Drowning Incidents
Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services has released a report analyzing 6 years of A-TCEMS data on drowning incidents (those under 19 yrs of age) here in Central Texas. This was a collaborative effort with David Zane (Injury Epidemiologist with Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services), Doug Ballew (Austin/Travis County HHS), Captain Randy Chhabra of Austin Travis County EMS, Alissa Magrum (Executive Director of Colin’s Hope), and others, and is the beginning of more work together.
While the report only looks at drowning data when EMS was called or involved, it provides interesting insights into the types of drownings and that are occurring and where, looks at whether lack of supervision was a contributing factor, and recommends layers of protection (as Colin’s Hope recommends) in order to prevent drowning.
You can find the report here, or copy & paste the following link into your browser: http://www.colinshope.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/EMS_drowningFINAL-report.pdf.