Latham Pool Products Supports Colin’s Hope For Third Consecutive Year

As one of the world’s largest pool and pool product companies, Latham Pool Products and Coverstar Central have huge opportunities to reach families with water safety education. Eric Wall, Director of Sales for Coverstar Central, sat down (virtually!) with Colin’s Hope to discuss how they have partnered with Colin’s Hope to bring our water safety cards to their customers with every single product purchase. Truly one of our greatest partners.  

Watch the video below for the full story, and or read this press release on PR Web.

Amplify Colin’s Hope March 5 & 6!

Amplify Colin’s Hope March 5 & 6! Amplify Austin Day is the Central Texas region’s day of giving. It is a local generosity movement that connects individuals, families, businesses, and foundations with the causes they are passionate about to create real, lasting change for the local nonprofits that address our most pressing needs.

Colin’s Hope works 365 days a year to increase water safety awareness in families and children. After more than a decade of developing water safety strategies and becoming a leader in drowning prevention, Colin’s Hope has honed our knowledge into evidence-based programs and initiatives proved to grow child and caregiver understanding of water safety. Help us get this education into more classrooms, swim schools, pediatric offices, and the community at large by aiding our efforts. Give today and your gift will be amplified in Austin and beyond.

Help us do important work during this year’s Amplify Austin event. Here’s how:

  • Schedule a donation to occur now through the end of Amplify Austin (March 6, 6 pm) –
  • Take and SHARE our Water Safety Quiz at
  • Follow our social media channels for year-round water safety education and information to help keep you and your family safer: @colinshope on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook


Wimberley ISD Highlights Water Safety with Colin & Friends

Thank you to Hays Free Press for a great article about the Prekindergarten program at Scudder Primary School in Wimberley, TX.

The article highlights the YMCA of Austin Project SAFE program that includes the Colin’s Hope Water Safety with Colin & Friends curriculum. What a great partnership with the Springs Branch YMCA in Dripping Springs and Wimberley ISD. Colin’s Hope is proud to be reaching so many families and children with life-saving water safety education and swim lessons.

Colin’s Hope Enters New Partnership with Bright by Text

Colin’s Hope is excited to enter a new partnership with Bright by Text, a division of Bright by Three. Bright by Text provides quality information and trusted resources to parents and caregivers of children prenatal to five. Available in English and Spanish, the messages are comprised of research-based content from Bright by Three and their partners.

Colin’s Hope is proud to join Bright by Text as a Content Partner, and will be providing essential water safety and drowning prevention messages to the organization. The first of several messages will be sent soon – don’t miss out! Sign up for Bright by Text so that you can receive life-saving drowning prevention tips and other important resources for your family today!

Colin’s Hope encourages caregivers to teach before it’s too late

Thank you to Arezow Doost and KXAN News, the The CW Austin for sharing our water safety messages as much as possible this summer. Please watch, share, and have a conversation about water safety with your kids, friends, and families. DROWNING IS PREVENTABLE.




June 12, 2019 – Austin, Texas – It’s only the beginning of summer but Texas has already lost 39 children to fatal drownings this year- including 3 children in Travis County and 2 in Williamson County in the last month. Many more have survived non-fatal drowning incidents. Children across Texas have drowned in backyard pools, apartment pools, community pools, hotel pools, bathtubs, ponds, hot tubs, rivers, lakes, beaches and even buckets. Last year, 91 Texas children fatally drowned, the equivalent of 2 FULL SCHOOL BUSES of children. These drownings are fast, silent and preventable and we must do something NOW to stop drownings.

June 13th marks the 11th Anniversary of the drowning of 4 year old Austinite, Colin Holst in a life guarded pool. Colin’s Hope was formed in his honor with the simple mission to raise water safety awareness to prevent children from drowning. Colin’s Hope, a Central Texas-based nonprofit organization is a trusted water safety and drowning prevention resource locally, statewide and nationally.

Drowning is the number 1 cause of unintentional death for children under 5 and a leading cause of death for ages 1-14. However, drowning is preventable. Colin’s Hope challenges Central Texans to visit to take their online water safety quiz and become a Water Guardian for Texas children. Just as we teach our children not to touch a hot stove, or to wear seatbelts or look both ways before crossing the street- we MUST teach them to be safer around water. We must also equip parents and caregivers with the knowledge they need to keep their families safe around water all year round by promoting/sharing our resources.

Jeff Holst, Colin’s dad and Co-founder of Colin’s Hope states, “We now know that drowning is preventable. We chose to honor Colin’s life every day by helping prevent other families from going through what we did. No one should ever lose a child to something that is preventable. We want to remind families to please be safe around water. NO ONE is DROWNPROOF- regardless of your socioeconomic level, your race, your ethnicity, your age or even your swimming ability.”

Alissa Magrum, Executive Director of Colin’s Hope states, “This message is for everyone! We must talk about water safety with our children when they are very young. We must do simple things like assigning an undistracted adult to always watch children – even when we do not plan to be in or around water, learning to swim, WEARING U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets, installing multiple barriers around water and learning CPR. Let’s create a revolution of Water Guardians by having a conversation changing our behavior to be safer around water. We can prevent drowning incidents and save lives. Not One More child should drown.”

Colin’s Hope Contact
Alissa Magrum, Executive Director
(512) 294-3910

Colin’s Hope talks water safety ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend is on the horizon. Acting us as the unofficial start of the summer, many families will flock area waterfronts to enjoy the long weekend. Watch below to see Colin’s Hope highlight water safety on Fox 7 ahead of popular activities.

Thank you  FOX 7 Austin, Safe Kids Austin, and Dave Froehlich for giving us a few minutes to remind parents and caregivers of life-saving layers of protection.

Please BE A WATER GUARDIAN this weekend, all summer long, and year round so that your family can have the BEST DAY EVER.

Colin’s Hope Makes a SPLASH For National Water Safety Month!

May is NATIONAL WATER SAFETY MONTH! So far this year, 17 Texas children have lost their lives to a fatal drowning, but DROWNING IS PREVENTABLE. To make a splash during National Water Safety Month, Colin’s Hope has been working tirelessly to highlight simple, but essential, drowning prevention behaviors. Take a look at what we have done so far and follow us @colinshope on Facebook and Instagram all month to learn what YOU can do to help your family be safer around water.


LISTEN NOW: Executive Director Alissa Magrum sat down with Rick Kauffman of The Kels Group aka The Drowning Warriors during the National Drowning Prevention Alliance Conference to talk about water safety. Click the button below or listen in wherever you normally access streaming media.


Thank you to our partners Texas Drowning Prevention Alliance, Families United to Prevent Drowning, The LV Project, Bria’s House, Emma’s Project, Rory the Warrior, Inc., NIPC, Miss Tristan Foundation, Remembering Wyatt Dale Water Safety, and the courageous families who shared their stories to promote drowning prevention at the Texas State Capitol. Let’s say Not One More Drowning as we honor Texas Drowning Prevention and Awareness Week!

WATCH NOW: From KBTX Media – “Texas lawmakers declare ‘Drowning Prevention and Awareness Week’” Thank you Michael Hojnacki, Emma’s Dad and founder of Emma’s Project, for your courage to share your story. Colin’s Hope and Families United to Prevent Drowning stand beside you to say Not.One.More.Drowning.


As we enter National Water Safety Month, we’d like to give a huge BEST DAY EVER shout out to several companies and agencies who are committing to sharing drowning prevention messages in their communities.


Colin’s Hope is partnering with the Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI) division of Texas Department of Family & Protective Services for National Water Safety Month! PEI will be distributing 15,000 Water Safety Information Cards this year through multiple agencies, as well as providing 2 webinars presented by Colin’s Hope to encourage their staff to share water safety with their families and clients. We’re so excited to be a part of this movement toward drowning prevention.

Kick off water safety month TODAY by taking and sharing our WATER SAFETY QUIZ (! No one is drownproof but DROWNING IS PREVENTABLE!

Ask Your Pediatrician About Water Safety At Your Next Well Child Visit

Water safety and drowning prevention are important points of discussion across all age groups. That’s why Colin’s Hope encourages these conversations to begin at pediatric well child visits as early as possible.

Thank you to Dr. Ari Brown of 411 Pediatrics & After Hours Care and  Arezow Doost of KXAN News for supporting this cause and helping to get this message out.

Please watch and share, and ask your pediatrician to talk about water safety at all well child visits. While the message may change depending on the age of the child, these conversations can and will save lives.

KXAN NEWS: Non-profit Colin’s Hope aims to raise water safety awareness

2018 Billboards

The 2018 Colin’s Hope Water Safety Billboards have arrived!

From June 18th through July 15th Austin and surrounding areas will be blanketed with 15 billboards with various water safety messages encouraging people to take our water safety quizDuring this time there will be over 1.3 million weekly impressions.