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Shallow Water Blackout Prevention

Shallow Water Blackout Prevention Raising awareness of the dangers of shallow water blackout. Saving lives! On April 17, 2011, 25 year old Whitner Milner died from SWB in his family pool while practicing breath-holding.

This prompted his family to form the non-profit organization Shallow Water Blackout Prevention to raise awareness and educate people on the dangers of underwater breath-holding. Please see below to learn more about shallow water blackout, and visit our website at www.shallowwaterblackoutprevention.org

Lives will be saved! WHO: It affects the physically-fit swimmer, but can affect anyone breath-ho

This prompted his family to form the non-profit organization Shallow Water Blackout Prevention to raise awareness and educate people on the dangers of underwater breath-holding. Please see below to learn more about shallow water blackout, and visit our website at www.shallowwaterblackoutprevention.org

Lives will be saved! WHO: It affects the physically-fit swimmer, but can affect anyone breath-ho

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Please set aside some time today to share with your friends and family about the dangers of Shallow Water Blackout.As we...
05/31/2022

Please set aside some time today to share with your friends and family about the dangers of Shallow Water Blackout.

As we move into the warm-weather season many people will be enjoying waterfront activities. Tell your friends about SWB and make sure they know how to get adequate rest and keep their bodies oxygenated as they participate in aquatic activities.

Lives will be saved! ❤️

Please swim safely this holiday weekend! 🏊🏼🌊🇺🇸
05/28/2022

Please swim safely this holiday weekend! 🏊🏼🌊🇺🇸

🌊 Meet an Ambassador! 🌊Ashley Alonzo is a Survival Swim Instructor, water safety expert, educator and advocate, in Trini...
05/25/2022

🌊 Meet an Ambassador! 🌊

Ashley Alonzo is a Survival Swim Instructor, water safety expert, educator and advocate, in Trinidad and Tobago.

Welcome, Ashley!

🚩 Water Safety Tip 🚩🏊🏼 Never Swim Alone🔴  A Shallow Water Blackout is undetectable from above the surface. Please rememb...
05/20/2022

🚩 Water Safety Tip 🚩
🏊🏼 Never Swim Alone

🔴 A Shallow Water Blackout is undetectable from above the surface. Please remember to have a specific person monitor your progress closely during underwater training sessions. 🔴

#WaterSafetyAwareness #WaterSafetyMonth

🌊 Meet an Ambassador! 🌊Gabrielle is the sister of survivor Chandler Watson. She and her family have worked tirelessly to...
05/13/2022

🌊 Meet an Ambassador! 🌊
Gabrielle is the sister of survivor Chandler Watson. She and her family have worked tirelessly to raise awareness about SWB and were recently featured in a short film entitled “Don’t Hold Your Breath” - a film in which Chandler’s survival story is highlighted and SWB is explained. She is thrilled to join her brother and sister-in-law as an ambassador to continue raising awareness.

✅ If you would like to become a global ambassador to help spread awareness of the dangers of SWB, please visit our website to learn more!

🚩 Water Safety Tip 🚩🧘🏽‍♀️ Take adequate time to rest between swim sets and breath-holds.😮‍💨 Your body needs time to reco...
05/12/2022

🚩 Water Safety Tip 🚩

🧘🏽‍♀️ Take adequate time to rest between swim sets and breath-holds.

😮‍💨 Your body needs time to recover its oxygen supply and the chemical that tells your body when it's time to breathe.

🔴 Exertion followed by continued underwater breath-holding increases the likelihood of a shallow water blackout exponentially. 🔴

#WaterSafetyAwareness #WaterSafetyMonth

Please welcome our newest Ambassador, Jeannine Zoch, from Orange California!Jeannine is a 16-year-old honor student, com...
05/07/2022

Please welcome our newest Ambassador, Jeannine Zoch, from Orange California!

Jeannine is a 16-year-old honor student, competitive swimmer and certified lifeguard. She learned of Shallow Water Blackout from her college counselor who lost her son to this silent killer. She was surprised to discover how easy it is for recreational and skilled swimmers, divers and water polo players of all ages to succumb to Shallow Water Blackout. Since finding out about SWBP, Jeannine has been working to spread awareness to other lifeguards and her school and community.
Welcome aboard, Jeannine, we are so glad to have you!

🔴 If you would like to join our awesome team of Ambassadors, please follow the link in the comments to learn more.

🔴 May is National Water Safety Month! 🔴As we grow closer to summer and the warm weather months here in the U.S., now is ...
05/05/2022

🔴 May is National Water Safety Month! 🔴

As we grow closer to summer and the warm weather months here in the U.S., now is a great time to review water safety tips and remind your friends and family of the dangers of prolonged underwater breath-holding.

Follow along this month and watch as we post shareable information on how swim safely this summer.

Our website is jam-packed with information about shallow water blackout/hypoxic blackout, who it happens to, and how to ...
02/08/2022

Our website is jam-packed with information about shallow water blackout/hypoxic blackout, who it happens to, and how to prevent it from happening to your friends and loved ones or in your aquatic facility. Got questions? Message us any time! 🏊‍♂️

As you enjoy time with friends and family this holiday season please remember to swim with a buddy and stay watchful bes...
12/23/2021

As you enjoy time with friends and family this holiday season please remember to swim with a buddy and stay watchful beside all bodies of water. When exercising in the water we encourage you to be extra vigilant as you swim, especially while vacationing. We see a trend each year of swimmers letting their guards down while on holiday and accidents become more frequent.
Please remember, no prolonged underwater breath-holding, and no breath-holding games for children.
We wish you a very safe and happy holiday season! ❤️🎄

Your contributions make it possible for us to spread much needed awareness of the dangers of shallow water blackout, wor...
11/30/2021

Your contributions make it possible for us to spread much needed awareness of the dangers of shallow water blackout, worldwide.
Donations may be made in honor or memory of friends and loved-ones.
We appreciate your support! ❤️
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❤️ Family members and friends who have lost loved ones to the tragic phenomenon that is shallow water blackout: Please f...
11/04/2021

❤️ Family members and friends who have lost loved ones to the tragic phenomenon that is shallow water blackout:
Please feel free to submit your tributes, memorials and stories to [email protected].

💙 We mourn these tragic losses alongside you and have built a community of people who support one another on this journey that no one would ever choose to be on. Our hope is to offer support, encouragement, and assistance in spreading the message of the danger so many are unaware of.

Read these stories and tributes here:
http://www.shallowwaterblackoutprevention.org/victims/incidences

#nomoretragedies #honorthelost #breathtolive

🏊‍♂️ This week's safety reminder for all of the rockstar swimmers out there: 🏊‍♂️✅ Prioritize rest and recovery time. Re...
10/26/2021

🏊‍♂️ This week's safety reminder for all of the rockstar swimmers out there: 🏊‍♂️
✅ Prioritize rest and recovery time. Replenish your body's oxygen levels between practice sets.

🔴 Shallow Water Blackout is silent and happens suddenly, without warning. Take care, listen to your body, rest. Inhale, exhale, and swim safely.

Today SWBP was privileged to participate in the STA International Virtual Conference. This morning we spoke to swim scho...
10/23/2021

Today SWBP was privileged to participate in the STA International Virtual Conference.

This morning we spoke to swim school educators all over the world about the dangers of shallow water blackout and how to prevent this phenomenon from happening at their aquatics facilities.

Thanks to everyone who attended this lecture, and special thanks to Zofia Kilpatrick for the invitation this year. It was a pleasure!

From the USA, we will be welcoming Britt Jackson, the Executive Director from Shallow Water Blackout Prevention to this year’s conference.

During this seminar, Britt will cover the specifics of shallow water blackout (SWB, or hypoxic blackout) - what it is, how it happens, who it happens to, and how to exercise prevention tactics to guard against it.

Join us on Saturday 23rd October by registering here https://sta.vfairs.com/en/

#stavirtualconference21

"Holding my breath and hyperventilating before each underwater lap I have done much of life without knowing the risk of ...
08/27/2021
Thomas Davis — Shallow Water Blackout Prevention

"Holding my breath and hyperventilating before each underwater lap I have done much of life without knowing the risk of shallow water blackout."

Thom Davis experienced a shallow water blackout while swimming laps at a local pool. Because of the fast action of his friend and also the lifeguard on duty, he was resuscitated and brought back to life. We are so thankful for Thom's survival and his willingness to share his story. Please share with friends and loved ones so they might learn of the dangers of SWB.

http://www.shallowwaterblackoutprevention.org/survivors-stories/thomas-davis

On July 24, 2021 I blacked out while swimming underwater at the Ventura Aquatic Center, California. Holding my breath and hyperventilating before each underwater lap I have done much of life without knowing the risk of shallow water blackout (SWB). My dear friend Lorraine McPherson was in a nearby

Please set aside some time today to share with your friends and family the dangers of Shallow Water Blackout. As we move...
05/31/2021

Please set aside some time today to share with your friends and family the dangers of Shallow Water Blackout.

As we move into warm-weather season many people will be enjoying waterfront activities. Tell your friends about SWB and make sure they know how to get adequate rest and keep their bodies oxygenated as they participate in aquatic activities.

We appreciate you, lives will be saved! ❤️

🔴  As we move into warm weather months here in the US, please be vigilant to educate your friends and family about the d...
05/04/2021
What is shallow water blackout and how to prevent it

🔴 As we move into warm weather months here in the US, please be vigilant to educate your friends and family about the dangers of Shallow Water Blackout. 🔴

These incidences are still happening and it is our mission to educate as many aquatics professionals and seasoned swimmers as possible to the dangers of prolonged underwater breath-holding.

https://abc7.com/college-student-dies-after-shallow-water-blackout/10523164/

There is a phenomenon known as "shallow water blackout" that causes swimmers to faint underwater with deadly results.

04/17/2021

This segment aired today, on the 10th anniversary of Whitner Milner’s death. We send our condolences to the family of another beautiful life lost to this horrible phenomenon. Special thanks to SWBP’s Vice Chairman, Dr. Tom Griffiths, for taking the time to be interviewed last evening.

As we approach warm weather months here in the USA please remember to inform your friends and family (especially children and strong athletes) of the dangers of shallow water blackout.

On July 3, 2020, Chandler Watson was playing a breath-holding game in a resort pool with his family. Fit, athletic, and ...
08/12/2020
Young Man Suffers a Shallow Water Blackout While on Vacation — Shallow Water Blackout Prevention

On July 3, 2020, Chandler Watson was playing a breath-holding game in a resort pool with his family. Fit, athletic, and a great swimmer, he had no reason to believe he couldn't swim the length of the pool and back underwater. His family had no idea that he had suffered a shallow water blackout until it was too late. As he sank to the bottom of the pool, his heart stopped. To onlookers it seemed that he went to the bottom to hold his breath longer.

This is how quickly and easily a shallow water blackout can happen. Very special thanks to the Watson family for reaching out to us and sharing their story. Please share with your friends and family and help us raise awareness of the dangers of SWB.

"As a family, we think about how many times we play pool games and how families and friends we know do the same. We just want people to know what happened so this never happens to someone they love. Please let your loved ones know. In fact, tell EVERYONE you know. " - Gabrielle Watson (sister)
http://www.shallowwaterblackoutprevention.org/news/young-man-suffers-a-shallow-water-blackout-while-on-vacation

Story told by his little sister, Gabrielle Watson. On July 3rd, 2020, we were on a family vacation on an island in North Carolina. Myself, my Dad and Chandler were all swimming in the resort pool, playing the familiar game of seeing how far we could swim from one end of the pool to the other witho

Our hearts are deeply saddened over the loss of this outstanding athlete. World champion snowboarder Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pulli...
07/13/2020
What caused Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin to drown?

Our hearts are deeply saddened over the loss of this outstanding athlete.

World champion snowboarder Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin drowned while spearfishing on Wednesday and one possible cause of his death is a shallow water blackout.

https://7news.com.au/sport/olympics/what-caused-alex-chumpy-pullin-to-drown-c-1155679

The sporting world is mourning the loss of the two-time world champion snowboarder, who died while spearfishing on the Gold Coast - so what is a shallow water blackout?

A time to pause, reflect, and pray. Black Lives Matter. #whatwouldJesusdo #blackouttuesday #theshowmustbepaused  #prayfo...
06/02/2020

A time to pause, reflect, and pray. Black Lives Matter. #whatwouldJesusdo #blackouttuesday #theshowmustbepaused #prayforourcountry

Please set aside some time today to share with your friends and family the dangers of Shallow Water Blackout. As we move...
05/31/2020

Please set aside some time today to share with your friends and family the dangers of Shallow Water Blackout.

As we move into warm-weather season many people will be enjoying waterfront activities. Tell your friends about SWB and make sure they know how to get adequate rest and keep their bodies oxygenated as they participate in aquatic activities.

We appreciate you, lives will be saved! ❤️

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What is Shallow Water Blackout?

Shallow water blackout (also known as hypoxic blackout) can affect anyone who is breath-holding, even the physically fit swimmer. It is especially seen in competitive swimmers, Navy SEALs, snorkelers, spear-fishermen or anyone who free-dives. Blackouts cut across the spectrum of free-diver training affecting all levels. No one is protected from succumbing to an underwater blackout.

About the Milners:

Our son Whitner died in our family pool from shallow water blackout. He died needlessly because he did not understand the body’s physiology related to hypoxic training. Shallow Water Blackout Prevention is an organization our family founded in honor of Whitner, to raise awareness of this phenomenon and to prevent injuries and deaths from this silent killer.

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Thank you for your dedication to this cause. In 1991, my son who was an accomplished swimmer and a lifeguard, suffered this condition and drowned. They told me he did not have enough water in his lungs to have actually drowned. He had been racing with some other young men and then went underwater as he often did. This time he did not come up and unfortunately, was not noticed for too long. At that time the condition was not well known and I am so thankful for your spreading of the word. Every pool should have a warning of this as should every swimming class and lifeguard training. My heart is still broken and the hole will never be filled.
I'm watching Bear Grylls: Breaking Point. This episode is with two men who are dealing with trauma that has to do with water. One of them survived the tsunami in Indonesia. The other lost his son, who wanted to be a Navy SEAL, to drowning. They think that it's from something called shallow water blackout. I'd never heard of it, so I looked it up, and found this article. I graduated class of '88 from Blue Springs, Missouri. I've always loved the water, even before I taught myself to swim at 8 years old. I lengthened my lung capacity the summer I was 17, from the standard for singers and wind instrument players of 20 seconds, to 85 seconds. I could dive in, swim around on the bottom(I could see other swimmers flipping out a little), then leisurely swim to the surface, and still have plenty of air. I guess I was taking more of a risk than I knew.