Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso, Texas

Drowning Prevention Coalition of El Paso, Texas

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Water Safety In our commmunity.

January 6, 2019


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


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

Christian Castle Lifeguard Olympics on Sunday, August 5, 2018

August 1, 2018

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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

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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.

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Emma Carr 2018 DPC William Cowan Memorial Scholarship Recipient

June 22, 2018

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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.

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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.


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.


Bassett Place Safety Town

May 20, 2018

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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.


May Day Hands Only CPR—FREE

May 19, 2018

May Day Hands Only CPR Ffc7775a 3c05 4733 b8ef d7e2d098c0e7 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).

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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

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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

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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