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This article could save your life or that of someone you love!

In August, my neighbor friend’s son tragically died while spearfishing. The cause? Shallow Water Blackout. Before this tragedy, I had never heard of Shallow Water Blackout (SWB). Soon after, I learned that blacking out happens in competitive swimming somewhat regularly, though not always resulting in death or injury. I also learned it is easily preventable when swimmers and coaches are educated about it and use safe practice methods. I promised my friend that I would honor his son by leveraging my connections to the wonderful people in competitive swimming to spread the word about SWB prevention.

Would you join me by taking a few minutes this week to do the following action steps?

1. Watch the Bob+Bowman+2012+Team+USA+Media+Summit+WnIFfmk-k3Ulexcellent video PSA by coach Bob Bowman about SWB. You’ll quickly learn guidelines you can use to educate your swimmers about safe training practices that prevent SWB;









2. Take this quick Survey. The results will assist the Shallow Water Blackout Prevention organization in their efforts to inform and educate the public;








3. If you are interested in learning more about Shallow Water Blackout, click on these links to read more about SWB:

Interview with Rob Sleamaker




Visit the Shallow Water Blackout Prevention website


From all of us at Vasa, we wish you a Happy New Year!

Sincerely yours,









Rob Sleamaker