Water Safety & Swimming Lessons

Remembering Kaelin M. Hampton

Annual Fundraiser This Saturday

Kaelin M. Hampton, gone too soon!
Kaelin M. Hampton, gone too soon!

Summer is coming to a screeching halt and the pool parties, beach visits will soon end but it’s never too late to think about water safety and swimming lessons. Today, I’m going to remind you once again about the importance of swimming lessons and learning how to be safe around water.

Did you know that every day about ten people loose their lives to unintentional drowning and of that number two of them are children younger than 14. Unfortunately I know all too well the pain associated with loosing a young child to unintentional drowning and a couple of times a year I use this space to remind others of the importance of water safety.

Join us for the 4th Annual Kaelin M. Hampton Foundation Bowling Fundraiser at The New Southgate Lanes, 21400 Southgate Park Blvd from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. this Saturday, August 17, 2003. Admission is $10 and includes unlimited bowling, shoes, one hot dog, chips and a drink.

All of the proceeds support our efforts to provide free swimming lessons and water safety to under served and underprivileged youth. We partner with the YMCA to offer these classes year round.

Please help support our efforts, but most importantly ensure that you and your children are aware of how to be safe around water and how to swim.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the following on how big the problem is:

  • From 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. An additional 347 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents.2
  • About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger.2 For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.1
  • More than 50% of drowning victims treated in emergency departments (EDs) require hospitalization or transfer for further care (compared with a hospitalization rate of about 6% for all unintentional injuries).1,2  These nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning (e.g., permanent vegetative state).3,4

Most at risk are males – 80% of people who die from drowning are male; children ages 1 to 4 and minorities. In the four year period between 2005 and 2009 the unintentional drowning rates for African Americans was significantly higher than whites according to the CDC.

So come out and support our event this Saturday, or make a donation to the Kaelin M. Hampton Foundation.