Posted Date: Friday, March 2, 2012

AUSTIN, March 2, 2012 – It's no joke. Learning about water safety will be serious fun at this event to be
held on Sunday, April 1, 2012 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Southwest Branch YMCA located at 6219
Oakclaire Drive. The Central Texas Water Safety Coalition (CTWSC) will present this tremendous event
for the entire family. Participants of all ages will have the opportunity to learn “hands-on” water safety
tips, as well as participating in a variety of activities including 10-minute CPR training, life jacket fittings
and instruction, a mock drowning “rescue”, Water Safety Bingo & Jeopardy games, culminating with a
swim race @ 3:30 featuring competitors wearing life jackets in an attempt to set the world record of
swimming with a life jacket on.

In 2011 twenty-two drowning fatalities were recorded in Travis County according to the Travis County
Department of Health and Human Services and 246 drowning fatalities occurred statewide according to
the Texas Department of Health.

“April Pool's Day is a wonderful fun filled family activity for our local community. You can learn how to
be safe in and around water - indoors and out," says Kimery Duda, Founder of The Expedition School
and co chair of the CTWSC. "Education is a key in learning to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic
emergencies in the appropriate way - and, April Pool's day is the perfect balance of fun and developing
awareness. We hope parents and their children will learn important life-long water safety skills and be
better prepared for the upcoming water recreation season."

Alissa Magrum, Executive Director of the local nonprofit Colin's Hope and co-chair of the CTWSC
says, “Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under 5 and the second leading
cause for ages 1-14. However, in most cases, Drowning is preventable! A goal of the Central Texas
Water Safety Coalition and also of Colin's Hope is to make people aware of the dangers of being in and
around all bodies of water. We want to give them simple things that they can do to prevent drowning
and ways to respond in the case of an emergency. It will be another long, hot summer in Central Texas
and we need our local media sources to help spread the word so that we can keep our community safe
in and around the lakes, rivers, pools and even bathtubs.”

For more information contact:
Bill Hagy, Public Information Officer for the CTWSC. 512-299-1427

The Central Texas Coalition for Water Safety was formed in 2001 as an effort to combine resources
and increase awareness and water safety education for Central Texas residents. Current coalition
members include: Colin's Hope, the Expedition School, YMCA, Safe Kids of Austin-A Program of Dell
Children's Medical Center, Lower Colorado River Authority, Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife, City
of Austin Parks & Recreation Department, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Sail & Ski
Centers, Austin/Travis County EMS, University of Texas, American Red Cross, Association of Aquatics
Professionals, Austin/ Travis County Health and Human Services, Emler Swim School, Danger Without
Intentions, Texas Department of Health Services, Travis County Parks, Travis County Underage Drinking
Prevention, Univision Radio, and the Western Hills Athletic Club.