Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso, Texas

Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso, Texas

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2021 CHRISTIAN CASTLE LIFEGUARD OLYMPICS

August 1, 2021

The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso will be hosting the Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics on August 1, 2021 at Wet N Wild Waterworld 8804 S. Desert Blvd. in Anthony, Tx with check-in at 7:00 am and competition from 8:00 am-11:30 am. Deadline to enter and pay for competition is Thursday, July 15, 2021 by 1:00 pm. All Team Registrations must be done online ONLY (paid with credit card or debit card) at www.dpcelpaso.org and just click on Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics. Fees must be paid in advance to register and NO LATE REGISTRATION. Entry fee is $35 per team of 4 guards. Each team must have at least one female. Each team member will receive a T-shirt and complimentary Day Pass to Wet N Wild Waterworld. Team Awards (1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place) and individual awards for each event.

The Lifeguard Olympics is a competitive, annual event that provides lifeguards from organizations throughout the city an opportunity to practice lifesaving skills. The competitive event will highlight the training and duties that lifeguards experience on a daily basis in their day to day jobs. Sponsors of this years event will be Sundt, Wet N Wild Waterworld and Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso.

The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso was formed in 2010 through the efforts of Laura and Eddie Castle who lost their son, Christian, to a fatal drowning in 2007. Thirty-one different community organizations, groups and agencies have come together as one to build a culture of water safety in the El Paso area.

RESPECT THE WATER!


Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics Competition

August 1, 2021

El Paso, TEXAS – The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso will host the 10 th annual Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 1,2021 at Wet n’ Wild Waterworld.

The Competition is named after Christian Castle who lost his life through a drowning at five years old in 2009 and is the son of Laura and Eddie Castle who together started the Drowning Prevention Coalition in 2010.

This competitive, annual event provides lifeguards from organizations throughout the city an opportunity to practice lifesaving skills while highlighting the training and duties that lifeguards experience on a daily basis in their day-to-day jobs.

The event is sponsored by Sundt, Wet n’ Wild Waterworld and the Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso as 19 teams will be competing from the YWCA El Paso Del Norte, Fort Bliss, Wet n’ Wild Waterworld, Ascarate Pool from County of El Paso, Socorro Aquatics Center, Lost Kingdom Water Park and the city of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department. We would also like to thank El Paso Water for donations along with the Castle and Gutierrez Families.

Each team will have four members with one being a female in five separate skill challenges which include A Mass Casualty Exercise, Shallow Water Back Boarding, Backboard Treading, a 2 minute Drill Rescue and a Tow Relay. Awards will be given for First through Third Place in each individual skill challenge and an overall champion will be announced.

The Drowning Prevention Coalition is an organization of over 31 agencies in the El Paso region dedicated to spreading the message of “Respect the Water“, teaching water safety and teaching both children and adults the importance of Learning to Swim.

For more information visit www.dpcelpaso.org or call (915) 373-6708.


💦Monsoons in El Paso means Flash Flooding💦

June 29, 2021

It’s 💦Monsoon Season💦 in El Paso which means ⛈weather alerts ⚡️such as:

Flash Flood WATCH 👀 flooding possible but not yet certain. Be alert.

Flash Flood WARNING🚨 flash flooding occurring. Caution ↪️Turn around, don’t drown!↩️

FLASH FLOOD FACTS

Just six inches of moving or rushing water can knock over a full grown man.

Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles,🚘 including trucks 🛻 and SUVs.

Rising water 💦 can reach above a vehicle door in less than a minute.

It takes just twelve inches of flowing water to carry away a small car.

More than half of the deaths from flooding each year occur in vehicles.

FLASH FLOOD TIPS

• Don’t drive, walk, swim or play in flooded streets.

• Use safer, alternate routes.

• Never drive around 🚧barricades.

• Avoid streets where curbs are barely visible.

• Don’t allow children to play in canals, ditches or ponds-even when dry.

• Use sandbags to protect your home or business if you know it floods.

• Be aware of changing weather conditions.

• Fast-moving water can fill streets within seconds. which may cause additional dangers of debris and contamination from trash.

• Never attempt a rescue. Call 9-1-1 instead.🚒🚑

“WHEN ⚡️THUNDER ⛈ ROARS, GO 🏠INDOORS”

Thunder…is a result of ⚡️lightning.

• Do not seek shelter under 🌳trees.

• A bus 🚌 or car can provide shelter if no building is available.

• 🛑Stop all outdoor activities.

• Wait 30 minutes after storm to resume activities.


Worlds Largest Swim Lesson

June 17, 2021

WHAT: The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

WHEN: Thursday, June 17, 2021 @ 9am & 9:45am

WHERE: Wet N’ Wild Waterworld – 8804 S Desert Blv. In the Wavepool.

• FREE swim lesson for ALL ages!

• Tragically, drowning remains the leading cause of unintended, injury related death for children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14. Research shows participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children aged 1 to 4, yet many kids do not receive formal swimming or water safety training.

• Put on with the help of the Drowning Prevention Coalition of EL Paso: El Paso Parks & Recreation, and Water Safety Advocates will be on hand to provide more information about water safety in the Borderland.

• Parents are welcome to join!

• Registration is first come, first serve on day of event.

• Parking gates open at 7:30am.

• General parking is free for participants on this day until 9am.

• There will be 2 lessons – one at 9am and 2nd at 9:45am.

• Registration starts at 8:00am & ends at 9:00am.

• Photo opportunity with Freddy the Frog at the end of each lesson at the front of the park.

• For more information call (915) 886-2222 or visit www.wetwild.co


💦Water Safety should be a priority for parents, teachers and caregivers.

May 30, 2021

“Since drowning is the number one cause of injury-related death among children between the ages of 1 and 5 and the second leading cause of death for children ages 1-14, water safety should be a priority for parents, teachers and caregivers.”

In the United States during the month of April there were 120 fatal drownings: 29 children under age 18 and 91 adults.

In Texas, since January there have been 20 fatal drownings to children under age 18. One of those was to a 3 year old girl that fatally drown in her backyard pool in El Paso.

We can all help decrease these needless fatal drownings by

  1. Constant Supervision of children in and around all water including pools, fountains, ponds, buckets, bath tubs, toilets, ice chests, hot tubs and when visiting motel/hotel pools.
  2. Learn to swim
  3. Learn CPR
  4. Use multiple layers of protection. Fencing, locked gates, pool alarms and alarms on doors.

Drowning Prevention Coalition Resources Locally and Nationally 2021

Texas Drowning Statistics

Kids Safety Tips

Card English/Spanish Rules

Water Safety Rules

YouTube Water Safety Videos

Drowning Prevention Tips by Eastwood High Swim Team-

Texas Parks and WildLife

10 Water Safety Lessons from Burleson Fire Dept

Free WATER WATCHER CARD

5 Water 💦 Safety Facts video

Home Swimming Pool Safety Tips All Parents Should Know


Drowning Prevention Coalition Media News Conference

May 20, 2021

Summer Splash Water Safety Media News Conference TODAY

MAY 20, 2021 at 11:00 am.

*lunch provided to Media by Chick Fil A

The Beast Natatorium 13501 Jason Crandall

Children Drown In Silence

Those words are not just a slogan, they are reality!

The months from May through August are when most fatal child drownings occur. Texas has already had 16 Fatal drownings of children under 18 years of age.

6 have fatally drown in hotel/motel pools.

8 in backyard pools/hot tub.

2 in Bath Tubs.

El Paso has had 1 fatal drowning, a 3 year old girl in her backyard pool.

The Drowning Prevention Coalition Of El Paso wants everyone to be aware of Water Safety/Drowning Prevention tips as the swim season gets into high gear for the first time due to the pandemic.
During the Media News Conference there will be Lifesaving Water Demonstration, speakers from Fire Dept, Wet N Wild Waterworld, YWCA, EP Parks& Rec Aquatics, EP County Aquatics, UMC Trauma and El Paso Water-Turn Around Don’t Drown.

We will also begin our Drowning Prevention Week with virtual Education videos on Water Safety & CPR that teachers, care givers and parents can access through our web page at www.dpcelpaso.org and our YouTube page.

“RESPECT THE WATER”

Texas Child Drowning Statistics 2021

https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Prevention_and_Early_Intervention/Child_Drownings/default.asp


April Pools Water Safety

April 6, 2021

It’s April Pools Month and El Paso County Parks & Recreation along with Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso is sharing water safety tips.

For more info check out the website. www.dpcelpaso.org


February is ❤️ Month❣️

February 24, 2021

February is ❤️ Month❣️

Learning CPR can be a lifesaver!

CALL 9-1-1 ☎️

Heart Attack Symptoms🫀

  1. CHEST DISCOMFORT 🫁 Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

  2. DISCOMFORT IN OTHER AREAS OF THE UPPER BODY💪👤 Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

  3. SHORTNESS OF BREATH🫁 with or without chest discomfort.

  4. OTHER SIGNS🥶🤢🤮 may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

For more info www.heart.org/cpr


DPC MEETINGS TO RESUME VIA ZOOM

January 10, 2021

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and we are looking forward to a happier, healthier New Year.

For our first meeting of the 2021 New Year, please download app Zoom ahead of time so you will be ready to participate in our meeting next Tuesday, Jan 12th at 8:30 am. If you have personnel not on this email that you want to attend meeting please forward info to them.

We will continue to have our monthly meetings on Zoom until it is safer to return to in person meetings due to pandemic.

Issues to discuss (meeting no longer than 40 min)

  1. Day, time most convenient for members to Zoom Meeting. Current / updated emails of members.

  2. Goals for this coming year. How do we safely continue some of our education programs?

  3. How did / will members safely open their facilities to public? Plus, checking how everyone is coping during this pandemic.

CHECK EMAIL for meeting Id & code that must be entered into Zoom to participate.

  1. Ana Acosta, UMC Trauma will inform us about her role for the upcoming conference.

National Bath Safety Month

January 10, 2021

This Month is National Bath Safety Month. Help educate the public about safety measures they can practice in their homes.


Ana Acosta speaker for 2021 National Water Safety Conference

December 24, 2020

NATIONAL WATER SAFETY CONFERENCE 2021

Session geared towards individuals that are new to community outreach/safety education or those looking to further their reach and branch out into new territories.

Ana Acosta, Trauma Injury Prevention and Education Specialist at the University Medical Center of El Paso will explain different approaches to connect with under-served and most at risk population ranging from infants to older adults. There are many fun, interactive, and effective ways to make an impact in your communities; learn them in this important presentation.

Register now for the 2021 National Water Safety Conference: https://bit.ly/37VAs06

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Updated Resources and Websites for 2021

December 4, 2020

UPDATED

Here is a list of the Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso Websites for use in 2021.

This can be used by teachers or groups to teach how to be safer around the water. Drowning_Prevention_Coalition_of_El__Paso_Resources_2020_for_2.pdf


Remembering Christian

August 11, 2020

Today, we remember Christian Castle who fatally drowned on the evening of August 11, 2006 while swimming with his closest friends and brother. Five lifeguards were present.

Laura Castle, his mom says that many of his favorite things were works of fantastical heroism such as Peter Pan, Robin Hood, The Incredibles, Spiderman, Superman, and Toy Story. All embodied the same distinctive heroic qualities of the “Macho Man”.

The Castle family also embodies the term “hero” as they commit to educating the public about Respecting the Water and teaching young children ISR Self-Rescue skills that can help save lives. 

Part of ISR’s comprehensive program involves educating parents and children about specific survival swimming techniques used in and around the water.

For more info on ISR Self Rescue Skills go to:

http://www.infantswim.com

What can I do to prevent fatal drownings and help save lives?

  1. Learn to swim
  2. CPR education
  3. Being a Water Watcher while children are in and near any body of water.
  4. Wearing life jacket when boating and fishing.

The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso’s mission is to promote, develop and support training and community education efforts that prevent fatal drownings, non-fatal drownings and other water-related incidents in El Paso County and the surrounding area.

www.dpcelpaso.org


Lifeguard Olympics Cancelled

July 9, 2020

The Drowning Prevention of El Paso Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics has been CANCELLED for the 2020 season.

THE SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITY IS OUR UTMOST CONCERN. LET’S USE THIS STAY AT HOME TIME TO EDUCATE OUR FAMILIES ABOUT WATER SAFETY AND CORONAVIRUS SAFETY.

Water Safety is of utmost importance this year due to more families purchasing backyard pools. Drownings in homes have increased this year and Texas currently has had 45 fatal drownings. 9 Bath tub drownings and 21 pool drownings an increase over last year at this time. All of us need to be the lifeguard on duty when children are in and around the water. Drownings are quick, silent and a child can drown in as little as 2 inches of water. Here are some water safety tips

BrochureDPCEP_2019.pdf

along with past Olympics photos and videos.

2016 Lifeguard Olympics Video

https://Vimeo.com/188073325


May Is Drowning Prevention Month

May 3, 2020

  1. Never Swim Alone… You should ALWAYS have an adult “Water Watcher” that knows how to swim watching you closely while you swim. You should make a point of swimming with a buddy too! That way, you can look out for each other when you are in and around the water!

  2. Learn to Swim… Learn to swim well! You should always take swim lessons with a qualified instructor and practice your swim skills often under the supervision of an adult.

  3. Learn CPR, First Aid and Rescue Techniques… Have an Emergency Action Plan by the pool at all times. Always be ready for an emergency and keep a phone close by the pool just in case.

  4. Never play around rivers, ponds, channels, arroyos, large fountains or drains… These may seem like a fun place to play but can be very dangerous! Stay away from them and encourage others to stay away as well.

  5. Respect all barriers that lead to water… Fences, pool safety covers, gate alarms, and door alarms are all there to help keep you safe. Do NOT leave fences propped open and follow the rules at the pool. Safer water means a safer you!

A SPECIAL NOTE TO ALL WATER WATCHERS!!

•Keep constant watch on all children you are with in and around the water. • Do not be distracted and socialize or be on the phone. • Only be relieved from your “Water Watcher” duty by another adult “Water Watcher”.

Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso www.dpcelpaso.org


Drowning Spikes

April 29, 2020

Corona virus shutdown raises concerns of drowning spike.

“If there’s not the opportunity for people to learn how to swim, the drowning statistics of fatal and non-fatal drownings is going to go up,” Ms Ayton said.

“A lot of children with disabilities need the water for their therapy, movement, mindset and mental health because they don’t get a lot of options to do recreational activities or exercise and if they’re not doing that its detrimental to their wellbeing.”

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-30/coronavirus-shutdown-raises-concerns-of-drowning-spike/12197170


2020 Drowning Prevention Coalition Events

April 3, 2020

2020 Drowning Prevention Coalition Events

DUE TO CORONAVIRUS SOME OF OUR EVENTS WIILL HAVE TO BE POSTPONED OR CANCELLED

CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES.

THE SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITY IS OUR UTMOST CONCERN. LET’S USE THIS STAY AT HOME TIME TO EDUCATE OUR FAMILIES ABOUT WATER SAFETY AND CORONAVIRUS SAFETY.

March against Child Abuse Saturday, April 11th CANCELLED

April Pools County of El Paso Saturday, April 4 CANCELLED

April Pools Fort Bliss Saturday, April 25(10am-3pm) CANCELLED

April Pools YWCA (Shirley Leavell Branch) Saturday,(9am-1pm) CANCELLED

April Pools Parks and Recreation Saturday, April 11(10am-3pm) CANCELLED

Braden Aboud Memorial Walk Sunday, May 3, 2020 CANCELLED

Drowning Prevention Week May 4-9 (Speak at Schools May 4-7, 2020 check web page for info to use with students. Presentations at schools CANCELLED

News Conference on Swimming CANCELLED (Wednesday, May 13th at 11:00 a.m.)

May Day CPR CANCELLED (Saturday, May 9th – 9am-1pm)

World’s Largest Swim Lesson Thursday, June 18, 2020 – 9am

Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics Sunday, August 2, 2020


Water Began Flowing In Rio Grande

March 17, 2020

Water began flowing in El Paso area canals and the Rio Grande this morning when water from Elephant Butte Reservoir was released on Friday March 13. We encourage the community to follow these water safety tips:

● Do not allow children to play near or in a river or another body of water, including ponds, channels, and drains. A sudden increase in the water levels and pressure can drag a person into the water.

● Do not try cross or swim in canals or ponding areas. The pressure of moving water is constant and can be powerful even if it looks slow moving and calm. Hidden hazards could be present under the water as well.

● If you fall into fast-moving water, do not try to stand up. The force of the water will push you over and hold you under. Lay on your back with your feet pointing downstream and toes pointing up toward the surface. Always look downstream and be prepared to fend off any obstacles with your feet.

● Knowing how to swim does not make you drown proof.

● If you see someone in need of help, dial 9-1-1 immediately.


DPC Receives El Paso Giving Day Grant and matching Funds from Walmart

February 11, 2020

The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso received $2,000 from El Paso Giving Day and matching funds from Walmart $2,000 for a total of $4,000. Thank you to all individuals and businesses that contributed to help us educate the public on how to prevent fatal and non fatal drownings in our community. These funds will also help us with educating public on CPR, importance of learn to swim and water safety.


Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso Receives Grant from Sundt Construction

December 16, 2019

Thank you to Sundt and their employees for their generous grant donation that will help support our cause of preventing fatal/non fatal drownings by educating the public with safety education. Eddie and Laura Castle, Wayne Thornton, Chandra Edwards, Claire Cowan & Ana Acosta were presented with a check for the Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso.

https://www.sundt.com/2019/12/09/sundt-foundation-donates-to-el-paso-charities-2/


Year round & Summer Jobs!! Lifeguards and Pool Attendants

November 15, 2019

Year round & Summer Jobs! Lifeguards and Pool Attendants.

Don’t delay, start today looking for a job in aquatics. Now Hiring-$10 and up per hour.

#Aquatics #lifeguards #waterparks


Thanksgiving Lifeguard Class

November 6, 2019

**Thanksgiving Lifeguard Class **

First class of the season! Nov 25. 2019 - Nov 27, 2019

Monday -Wednesday 8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Pat O’Rourke Aquatic 901 N. Virginia El Paso, Tx 79902

Register at any Aquatic Center or online. Anyone 15yrs and older can join the class.

The City of El Paso- hiring for summer and year round positions now! Great partime positions to earn money and have a great summer! Placements all over the city indoors and outdoors!

For more info: https://www.elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation/aquatics/water-parks-hiring


Nominate Your Favorite Crossing Guard

November 6, 2019

Nominate your Schools Favorite Crossing Guard. Nominations open now until November 14.

The local winner will be celebrated by Safe Kids El Paso and given an award.


El Paso Giving Day

November 6, 2019

On November 14, 2019 El Pasoans will have an opportunity to give to different Charities on El Paso Giving Day. I hope you can help us out.

You can begin early donations Nov. 7.

https://donate.elpasogivingday.org//organizations/drowning-prevention-coalition-of-el-paso


Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics Photos and Video 2019

August 12, 2019

Photos and video of the August 4, 2019 Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics.

For more photos of event go to Sun City Selfies http://suncityselfies.com/

Video—Wet n Wild Waterworld

https://www.facebook.com/WetWildEP/videos/714466172333444/


Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics “Respect The Water”

August 4, 2019

Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics on Sunday, August 4, 2019 8:00 a.m. at Wet ‘N Wild Waterworld

El Paso, TEXAS – The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso will host the 9th annual Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at Wet n’ Wild Waterworld.

The Competition is named after Christian Castle who lost his life through a drowning at five years old in 2009 and is the son of Laura and Eddie Castle who together started the Drowning Prevention Coalition in 2010.

This competitive, annual event provides lifeguards from organizations throughout the city an opportunity to practice lifesaving skills while highlighting the training and duties that lifeguards experience on a daily basis in their day-to-day jobs.

The event is sponsored by the Price’s Creameries and Wet n’ Wild Waterworld as 38 teams will be competing from the YWCA El Paso Del Norte, Fort Bliss, Wet n’ Wild Waterworld, Ascarate Pool from County of El Paso, El Paso Country Club, and the city of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department.

Each team will have four members with one being a female in five separate skill challenges which include A Mass Casualty Exercise, Shallow Water Back Boarding, Backboard Treading, a 2 minute Drill Rescue and a Tow Relay. Awards will be given for First through Third Place in each individual skill challenge and an overall champion will be announced.

The Drowning Prevention Coalition is an organization of over 31 agencies in the El Paso region dedicated to spreading the message of “Respect the Water, teaching water safety and teaching both children and adults the importance of Learning to Swim.

For more information visit www.dpcelpaso.org or call (915) 373-6708.


Heroes to the Rescue, Lifeguards Save Lives

July 10, 2019

The upcoming 2019 Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics is August 4, 2019 at Wet n Wild Waterworld in El Paso, Texas the supreme water park in Anthony, Texas.

The competition starts at 8:00a.m. with registration at 7:00a.m. and we hope you can join us with your team in competition for only $35.

Please visit our website at www.dpcelpaso.org for all of the information and just click on Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics for entry form.

This event is in honor of Christian Castle, the son of Laura and Eddie Castle who tragically lost his life much too early in life through a fatal drowning August 11, 2006 and the Olympic Competition is in his honor. Deadline to enter is July 18, 2019.


"Turn Around, Don't Drown" Monsoon Season means rain and flooding.

July 1, 2019

Flooding occurs when heavy rains cause storm water runoff to exceed the capacity of arroyos, channels or ponds to carry water. El Paso Water has reduced flooding and improved public safety by making major improvements to our storm water system. Yet, the monsoon season can bring sudden, localized and intense rains that can overwhelm the system, leading to dangerous situations.

Many El Paso streets are designed to carry storm water, and even a few inches of moving water can be dangerous. Be aware of changing weather conditions, and share this information with loved ones and friends to help them stay safe during a flash flood situation.

FLASH FLOOD FACTS

  1. Just six inches of water can knock over a full grown man.
  2. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including trucks and SUVs.
  3. Rising water can reach above a vehicle door in less than a minute.
  4. It takes just 12 inches of flowing water to carry away a small car.
  5. More than half of the deaths from flooding each year occurs in vehicles.

FLASH FLOOD TIPS

  1. Don’t drive or walk on flooded streets.
  2. Use safer, alternate routes.
  3. Never drive around barricades.
  4. Avoid streets where curbs are barely visible.
  5. Don’t allow children to play in canals, ditches or ponds — even when dry.
  6. Use sandbags to protect your home or business if you know it floods.

https://www.epwater.org/our_water/stormwater/safety


Tragically, Texas has already experienced 45 fatal child drownings in 2019

July 1, 2019

Tragically, Texas has already experienced 45 fatal child drownings in 2019. Last year, there were 91 child drownings in Texas. Additionally, El Paso has seen 9 drowning fatalities along the Rio Grande and American canal. Drowning is quick and silent. Drownings are preventable.
Children need constant supervision or a water watcher when in pools or bodies of water. A child can drown in 2 inches of water.

EPWater, the El Paso Fire Department, the Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso, the National Weather Service and the El Paso County Water Improvement District #1 (EPCWID #1) will jointly discuss this problem and urge the public to “Turn Around Don’t Drown.” Monday, July 1 at 10 a.m. Copia Pond (corner of Aurora Ave. and Russell St., just east of the Municipal Rose Garden)


In Only A Few Minutes, Tragedy Can Happen While Swimming

June 28, 2019

In Only A Few Minutes, Tragedy Can Happen While Swimming “Children Drown in Silence” Those words are not just a slogan, they are reality. Members of the Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso gave a presentation yesterday to Associates about the harsh reality of infant and child deaths as a result of drowning. Parents, guardians, and families must always monitor children playing or swimming in water and remember to never leave children around water alone. Air-filled/foam toys are NOT safety devices. Some other tips that can help safe your child’s life are: Stay Close, Learn CPR, Learn How to Swim, and Install Safety Drain Covers. #UMC #UMCElPaso #ElPaso #Texas #915 #ItsAllGoodEP #Healthcare #Hospital #Clinic #WaterSafety #PoolSafety #DrowningPrevention #Summer2019 #BeatTheHeat #iCAREatUMC


Bassett Place Safety Town

June 19, 2019

Spots are still available for Safety Town but are filling up fast so make sure to register soon! Visit www.ShopBassettPlace.com for class schedules and registration details! Call 915-772-7106 for questions. Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso is educating 5 and 6 years olds about Respecting the Water by learning about water safety each Tuesday.


10th Annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

June 18, 2019

The 10th Annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson is on June 20th at 8am. Be a part of this FREE WORLDWIDE lifesaving event at Wet N Wild Waterworld. Preregister by calling 915-886-2222.

http://www.wetnwildwaterworld.com/ #SwimmingLessonsSaveLives #WLSL2019


Water Safety Camps, Lifeguard Prep Camp, swimming Lessons

June 8, 2019

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a lifeguard? Stop wondering and give it a try at our Lifeguard Prep Camp at Nations Tobin Aquatic Center for ages 12 to 15 years.

The Lifeguard Preparation camp will provide participants the knowledge and skills to become lifeguards in the future. Participants will learn lifeguarding skills to help prepare them to pass a lifeguard course.

Prerequisites: Participants need to have a familiarity of the water. They need to be able to swim the length of the pool with front crawl (freestyle) and/or breaststroke. The face may be in or out of the water. Participants will be in the water as well as on land practicing with manikins learning CPR techniques. No certifications will be given out at this time. Classes will progress according to the participants in the class. Swim suits are required, preferably a one-piece for young ladies, and white or grey shirts will be permitted for this class. Bring at least 2 towels, sunblock, and water.

Cost: $67 Sessions: 8

You may register for the 1st session in person or online at the following link:

https://bit.ly/2wGjald

For more information please contact us to (915) 212-0551.

YWCA PROGRAMS

Our summer camps aim to reduce and prevent summer slide by keeping campers learning, active, and engaged all summer! Learn more: https://www.ywcaelpaso.org/programs/educating-children/ywca-summer-camps/


Water from Elephant Butte Reservoir Will be released on May 31

May 30, 2019

Water Safety Press Conference

EL PASO, Texas – ​In the next few days, water will begin flowing in El Paso area canals and the Rio Grande as water from the Elephant Butte Reservoir is released on May 31. The El Paso Fire Department, El Paso Water Utilities, and the Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso are joining forces at a news conference to remind the community to practice water safety, especially near the river and area canals.

Officials encourage the community to follow these water safety tips:

● Never play in drainage ditches or arroyos, even when dry. Sudden water flows may happen at any time.

● Do not allow children to play near or in a river or another bodies of water, including ponds, channels, and drains. A sudden increase in the water levels and pressure can easily drag a person into the water.

● If you see a flooded street, do not attempt to drive through it. Turn around, don’t drown.

● Do not allow children to play in flooded alleys, yards, streets, or pits.

● Do not try crossing or swimming in canals or ponding areas. The speed of water moving beneath the surface is constant and can be powerful even if surface looks slow moving and calm. Hidden hazards could be present under the water as well.

● If you fall into fast-moving water, do not try to stand up. The force of the water will push you over and hold you under. Lay on your back with your feet pointing downstream and toes pointing up toward the surface. Always look downstream and be prepared to fend off any obstacles with your feet.

● Knowing how to swim does not make you drown-proof.

● If you see someone in need of help, dial 9-1-1 immediately.

Visit www.epwater.org, www.dpcelpaso.org or www.elpasofire.org for more on water safety.

Follow the El Paso Fire Department on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates.

What: Water Safety News Conference

Where: EPFD Fire Station 3 – 721 E. Rio Grande

When: Thursday, May 30 at 10:00 AM

Who: EPWater Vice President Alan Shubert, Drowning Prevention of El Paso officials, and the El Paso Fire Dept. Water Rescue Team.​​

Media contact: Enrique D. Aguilar Fire Public Information Officer 915.317.8943


Braden Aboud Learn to Swim Memorial Camp

May 29, 2019

The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host the Braden Aboud Learn to Swim Memorial Camp on Saturdays, June 1st and June 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for Session I and 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for Session II.

The free camp will be at the Grandview Outdoor Aquatic Center, 3100 Jefferson Ave. for ages 5-17. Participants that are 12 year olds and older have the opportunity to learn a few lifeguard-training techniques as well.

The Camp will feature water safety presentations for parents and children, hands only CPR training, introduction to swim lessons, and fun activities to enjoy. Register now at www.elpasotexas.gov/parks as pre-registration is required or call (915) 212-0397.

The Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation is a 501(c3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and educational development of El Paso’s youth. Braden Aboud tragically passed away in 2007 at the age of 14 from a skiing accident. The Memorial Foundation was created later that year and has been instrumental in donating too many local charitable causes since.


FREE-May Day Hands Only CPR– Saturday, May 18, 2019

May 18, 2019

FREE-May Day Citizens CPR – Saturday, May 18, 2019

The Drowning Prevention Coalition will host May Day in coordination with the El Paso Fire Department at the Fire Training Academy at Ascarate Park on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please spread the word as there will be FREE CITIZEN CPR Lessons (hands only) in twenty minute sessions and free hot dogs, refreshments, popsicles, jumping balloons and much more.

This is a great family event with the El Paso Fire Department and you can register online at https://www.dpcelpaso.org/may-day and when registering select your twenty-minute class time for CPR. Classes fill quickly so sign up now. Open to all ages.

Information – Wayne Thornton (915) 373-6708


Drowning Prevention Week May 13- 16, 2019

April 22, 2019

Drowning Prevention Week May 13- May 16, 2019

The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso will host Drowning Prevention Week from May 13 – 16, 2019 with guest speakers available to speak on water safety and drowning prevention tips to elementary students at area schools as the swim season gets into high gear.

It is preferred to gather as many students at the school for the speaking engagements such as in gym, auditorium or multiple classes at one time.

If you have more than one date or more than one time (like one at 1pm and one at 2pm and one at 3pm) then fill the form out separately so if you have three different times then fill out the form three separate times.

Please go online to www.dpcelpaso.org and fill out the form for Drowning Prevention Week with the time, date, and location that you would like your guest speaker from Drowning Prevention Coalition to attend your school.

The speaker will speak for 15-20 minutes between the dates of May 13-16 and the deadline to fill out forms on the website is April 30, 2019. (Please fill out form on website completely)


April Pools Day and Gus and Goldie Easter Egg Hunt

April 20, 2019

April Pools Day and Gus and Goldie Easter Egg Hunt

Free Swimming after Easter Egg Hunt

The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host April Pools Day at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2019 with a Water Safety presentation by the El Paso Fire Department Water Rescue Team and water safety information for children and adults through the Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso. The event will be followed from 11:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a Gus and Goldie Golden Easter Egg Hunt at the Armijo Aquatic Center, 911 S. Ochoa St. in the shallow depth area of the pool with free swimming only to participants in the Golden Egg Hunt from 12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Life Guards will be on duty to supervise the event.

For more information call (915) 212-0397 http://www.elpasotexas.gov/parks


April Pools Day

April 13, 2019


Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso William W. Cowan III Memorial Scholarship

April 7, 2019

Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso William W. Cowan III Memorial Scholarship Application

Deadline April 15, 2019

This scholarship is awarded in memory of William W. Cowan III from the Drowning Prevention Coalition for his guidance and inspiration to the swimming community of El Paso, Texas. William W. Cowan III was a drowning prevention and water safety advocate who wanted children to have the opportunity to learn to swim in a safe and fun environment. He was Co-creator of the Gus and Goldie Learn to Swim Program, received the Public Recreation Man of the Year Award and was later inducted into El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame. Mr. Cowan served as El Paso Parks and Recreation Aquatics Superintendent for 24 years before retiring and in 2008 the Shawver Aquatic Center was re-named in his honor. Mr. Cowan passed away November 1, 2014. The College Scholarship will be awarded to one (1) high school senior on a one-time, non-renewable basis for $500.00 after proof of college registration has been provided. Scholarship Guidelines Applicants must be a high school senior graduating from an El Paso County School during the Spring 2019 award year and have met all graduation requirements as set forth by their attending School District and the State of Texas. Applicant has been accepted for enrollment by a College/University and plan to attend on a full time basis. (12 or more academic hours) Applicant has a cumulative overall grade point average of 2.5 or above. Applicant is a member of a: - Swim Team - Learn to Swim Instructor - Lifeguard - Involved in Water Safety/Drowning Prevention Activities.

Scholarship funds will be deposited with the college in the name of the Scholarship recipient Incomplete Applications will not be accepted.

https://dpcelpaso.org/scholarships


JOBS, JOBS, LIFEGUARD JOBS

February 23, 2019

Wet N Wild Waterworld, YWCA, Ascarate County Pool and El Paso Parks and Recreation are ALL hiring for 2019 SUMMER LIFEGUARD JOBS.

CONTACT each for job requirements.

Wet N Wild Waterworld www.WetWild.com celebrating their 40 th Anniversary

El Paso Parks and Recreation http://www.elpasotexas.gov/~/media/files/coep/parks%20and%20recreation/course%20schedules/community%20lifeguard%20courses%20-%20new%20.ashx

El Paso County Parks https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/elpasocounty/jobs/2321200/parks-recreation-lifeguard-temporary-seasonal?page=2&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

YWCA https://www.ywcaelpaso.org/about-us/ywca-careers/career-opportunities/fitness-and-aquatics-job-opportunities/


Water Safety In our commmunity.

January 6, 2019

https://cdn.fedweb.org/fed-109/2/Jewish%2520Voice%2520November%25202018.pdf

On a chilly, grey evening in October, PJ Library families gathered at the Armijo Pool to learn about water safety from Claire Cowan of the El Paso Drowning Prevention Coalition and to explore the amazing splash pool! All was warm and cozy as we swam, ate pizza, and read through a story book from PJ Library’s extensive collection of carefully selected Jewish books for children.


2018 Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics Results

August 11, 2018

Thank you to all the lifeguards that participated in the 8 th Annual Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics. The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso would also like to thank our sponsors Chandra Edwards with Wet n Wild Waterworld; Peter Scruggs & Enrique Duenas-El Paso Fire Dept ; Ana Acosta Safe Kids El Paso & UMC Trauma; Prices Creameries Giv’em Five. Other donations came from Border Swimming; Krispy Creme Donuts; Costco; Eddie and Laura Castle & Family along with Dr Gutierrez and wife for snacks, water, Gatorade and fantastic drawing awards. Medals and trophies from C& M Plaque and Trophy; T shirts-D Embroidery Screen/Printing; sound system- Sound Music and Lighting Production; annnouncer Abel Rodriquez. A Big shout out to Dow Farley and his El Paso High Swim Team Of volunteers helping out today. Judges and score keepers from El Paso Parks and Recreation Aquatics -Stacy Wright, Martin Valdez, Nick Ferriola, Angela Parris, Jesus Avila, Amy Wheeler, Charles Armendariz and the American Red Cross. A big high five to the Fire Dept Water Rescue Team for volunteering to be victims (ouch)rescued by the lifeguards. Others assisting were YWCA Matt Doherty, Holly Anderson, Claire Cowan, Wayne Thornton, Mike Williams, Ryan Bowron, Dr. Wilson and Wet n Wild Crew.

Team Results

1st Place Fort Bliss Raptors

2nd Place Fort Bliss Aquaholics

3rd Place Fort Bliss Aqua Ducks

2018 Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics Results

SCORECARD_-_Lifeguard_Competition_Scores_2018.pdf

More pics coming soon. More info dpcelpaso.org #WaterSafety #RespectTheWater #ChristianCastleLifeguardOlympics #DrowningPrevention2018


Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics on Sunday, August 5, 2018

August 1, 2018

Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics on Sunday, August 5, 2018 8:00 a.m. at Wet n Wild Waterworld EL PASO, Texas- The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso will host the 8th annual Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Wet n’ Wild Waterworld.

The Olympic Competition is named after Christian Castle who lost his life through a drowning at five years old in 2009 and is the son of Laura and Eddie Castle. This competitive, annual event provides lifeguards from organizations throughout the city an opportunity to practice lifesaving skills. It also highlights the training and duties that lifeguards experience on a daily basis in their day-to-day jobs.

The event is sponsored by the El Paso Fire Department, Price’s Creameries, Wet n’ Wild Waterworld and the University Medical Center, Trauma Division.

This year 38 teams will be competing from the YWCA El Paso Del Norte, Fort Bliss, Wet n’ Wild Waterworld, Ascarate Pool from County of El Paso, Eastwood Heights, and the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department.

Each team will have four members with one being a female in five separate skill challenges which include A Mass Casualty Exercise, Shallow Water Back boarding, Backboard Treading, a 2 minute Drill Rescue and a Tow Relay. Awards will be given for First through Third Place in each individual skill challenge and an overall champion will be announced.

The competition is open to the public to come and observe and for more information visit www.dpcelpaso.org


Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics

July 30, 2018

UPDATED PENALTY MATRIX, MAP and RULES

Christian_Castle_Lifeguard_Olympics_2018_Rules_and_Penalty_Matrix __pdf.pdf

Attached is the information on the upcoming Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics for August 5, 2018 at Wet n Wild Waterworld in El Paso, Texas the supreme water park in the City of El Paso.

The competition starts at 8:00 a.m. and we hope you can join us with your team in competition for only $35.

Please visit our website at www.dpcelpaso.org for all of the information and just click on Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics for entry form.

This event is in honor of Christian Castle, the son of Laura and Eddie Castle who tragically lost his life much too early in life through a drowning and the Olympic Competition is in his honor.


Emma Carr 2018 DPC William Cowan Memorial Scholarship Recipient

June 22, 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso William Cowan Scholarship recipient Emma Carr. Emma will be attending UT Permian Basin in Odessa, Tx. Each year the coalition chooses a graduating senior that exhibits our mission of educating others about how to prevent non fatal and fatal drownings. Emma respects the water by teaching swimming lessons and water safety that helps save lives. Her parents, Doug And LeAnn Carr; brother, Levi Johnson and wife Lisa Marie; grandfather, Ed Johnson; along with Aqua Posse teammates were at the pool to see her receive her check.

https://dpcelpaso.org/scholarships


Worlds Largest Swimming Lesson

June 21, 2018

Worlds Largest Swimming Lesson

Free Swimming Lesson! June 21 @ 8 am.

All ages welcome. Join us for the 9th annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. You MUST call (915) 886-2222 to PRE-register for this event as space is limited. On the day of the event you will complete your registration.

http://www.wetnwildwaterworld.com


Free Swimming Lessons Provided by Braden Aboud Foundation and El Paso Parks and Recreation

June 16, 2018

The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department and the Braden Aboud Foundation will host a Learn to Swim Camp on Jun 16th, 23rd and 30th at Nations Tobin Pool, 8831 Railroad Dr.

The first camp time is 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with the second camp to follow from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The camp is free for ages 6-12 and you can register online at www.elpasotexas.gov/parks. The camp will focus on water safety, swim lessons and being comfortable in the water. You may get information with Amy Wheeler of the Aquatics Division at (915) 212-2145.

https://bstrongelpaso.org/learn-to-swim-camp/


Bassett Place Safety Town

May 20, 2018

Safety Town June 11- July 27

Registration for Safety Town begins May 1 for FREE inside the mall management office Monday - Friday from 8am - 5pm . Children must be ages 5 or 6 by June 11 in order to enroll. All applications must be submitted in person inside the mall management office and you must bring proof of your child’s age (birth certificate).

A new class takes place each week, Monday through Friday, with a graduation ceremony held on Fridays at 11 AM from June 11- July 27. Children will review a number of safety topics. Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso will have weekly water safety presentations on Tuesdays, from 10:45-11:00.

https://www.shopbassettplace.com/event/safety-town/2145506554/


May Day Hands Only CPR—FREE

May 19, 2018

May Day Hands Only CPR The Drowning Prevention Coalition will host May Day in coordination with the El Paso Fire Department at the Fire Training Academy at Ascarate Park on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Please spread the word as there will be FREE CPR Lessons (hands free only) and also free hot dogs, hamburgers, refreshments, ice cream and much more.

This is a great family event with the El Paso Fire Department and you can register online at https://dpcelpaso.org/may-day and when registering select your twenty-minute class time for CPR.

Drawing during each session for a ​​Wet N Wild Waterworld ticket.

Information – Wayne Thornton (915) 373-6708

The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso’s mission is to promote, develop and support training and community education efforts that prevent drowning, non- fatal drowning and other water related incidents in El Paso County and the surrounding areas. The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso and the Christian Castle Memorial Fund are a project of the
El Paso Community Foundation, a charitable 501c (3).


Water Safety News Conference

May 17, 2018

Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso News Conference on Water Safety is on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at O’Rourke Aquatic Center, 901 N. Virginia St.


Braden Aboud Walk/ Water Safety Booth

May 6, 2018

The Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso will have a Water Safety Booth at the event from 7:30-10 am. Pick up some info on Pool Safely Water Safety, use of Life jackets, Pool Rules, location of Swimming Lessons and Boating Safety.


William W. Cowan III Memorial Scholarship

April 30, 2018

Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso William W. Cowan III Memorial Scholarship Application EXTENDED DEADLINE April 30, 2018.

This scholarship is awarded in memory of William W. Cowan III from the Drowning Prevention Coalition for his guidance and inspiration to the swimming community of El Paso, Texas. William W. Cowan III was a drowning prevention and water safety advocate. He wanted children to have the opportunity to learn to swim in a safe and fun environment. He was Co-creator of the Gus and Goldie Learn to Swim Program, received the Public Recreation Man of the Year Award and was later inducted into El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame. Mr. Cowan served as El Paso Parks and Recreation Aquatics Superintendent for 24 years before retiring and in 2008 the Shawver Aquatic Center was re-named in his honor. He passed away November 1, 2014.

The College Scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior on a one-time, non- renewable basis in the amount of $500.00 after proof of college registration has been provided.

Scholarship Guidelines: Applicants must be a high school senior graduating from an El Paso County School during the Spring 2018 award year and have met all graduation requirements as set forth by their attending School District and the State of Texas. Applicant has been accepted for enrollment by a College/University and plan to attend on a full time basis. (12 or more academic hours) Applicant has a cumulative overall grade point average of 2.5 or above.

Applicant is a member of a:

• Swim Team • Learn to Swim Instructor • Lifeguard • Involved in Water Safety/Drowning Prevention Activities.

Scholarship funds will be deposited with the college in the name of the Scholarship recipient.

Incomplete Applications will not be accepted.

In addition, the following should be submitted along with application:

1.Essay: What is your proudest achievement and how has participation in aquatic activities influenced your desire for higher education/career goals? Maximum of 500-word typewritten essay.

2.Two (2) Letters of Recommendation: Dated, signed letters of recommendation from persons in authority. Letters may be from high school administrators, faculty, staff, community members, employers, personal friends, or clergymen who are familiar with your ability, work habits, integrity, and potential.

3.Resume of Accomplishments: List all your scholastic accomplishments, awards, honors, extra-curricular activities, and other significant endeavors which may include applicable community service.

4.Copy of Unofficial high school transcript.

Incomplete Applications will not be accepted.

Please submit Application packet online by April 30, 2018 **to: https://dpcelpaso.org/ Check under page **SCHOLARSHIPS


April Pools Events

April 14, 2018


April Pools Event

March 31, 2018

April Pools Day and Golden Easter Egg Hunts

Free Swimming after Easter Egg Hunt at Armijo Aquatic Center

EL PASO, TX - The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host April Pools Day at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2018 with a water safety presentation by the El Paso Fire Department Water Rescue Team and water safety information for children and adults through the Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso. The event will be followed from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a Golden Easter Egg Hunt Armijo Aquatic Center, 911 S. Ochoa St. in the shallow depth area of the pool with free swimming only to participants in the Golden Egg Hunt from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The specific times for each age group to get their Easter eggs are listed below.

Times and Age Groups

12:00 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.(Ages 4 & Under) 12:20 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.(Ages 5-7) 12:40 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.(Ages 8-12)

Wright Stanton, Aquatics Manager with the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department said, “We look forward to not only having fun with the swim activities and Easter excitement for the families but also in stressing the importance of water safety to children and adults.”

For more information call (915) 212-0397 or visit www.elpasotexas.gov/parks