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What is Water Safety with Colin & Friends?

Water Safety With Colin & Friends is a comprehensive water safety education tool. This curriculum focuses on key rules that can help children make safer choices around all types of water, such as waiting for an adult before going in or near water and wearing a life jacket.

This program is evidence-based, continues to be evaluated for efficacy, and has been proven with statistical significance to increase children’s water safety knowledge!

Our Program

The Water Safety With Colin & Friends program has flexible components which can be administered over two weeks, one week, or even one day in order to meet your group’s needs. Lessons can be taught in a traditional classroom setting, outdoors, poolside, or anywhere children are already gathered for a regular learning activity. Additionally, if a local swim lesson provider is available, the classroom lessons pair seamlessly with in-water lessons. Note that all curriculum options are appropriate for children in preschool through first grade (ages 3 to 7), with modifications available for older students. These lessons have been written to align with Texas Pre-K Guidelines. They may align with your state’s standards, as well.

Colin's Hope - Our Story

On June 13, 2008, Colin fatally drowned in a lifeguarded pool the day after he successfully completed swim lessons. He knew how to swim but he wasn’t a strong swimmer. Adult family and friends were present. Lifeguards were on duty. Colin still drowned in shallow water…quickly and silently. After Colin died, his parents Jeff & Jana Holst learned that drowning is the NUMBER ONE cause of death for children ages 1-4. Yet, DROWNING IS PREVENTABLE. Colin’s Hope was created with the hope that no other family would lose their child or experience a drowning that is preventable.

Please learn more about what we do and support our efforts at www.colinshope.org.

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