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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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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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! ❤️
(link to donate in comments)

❤️ 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

❤️ 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.

🏊‍♂️ 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! ❤️

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! ❤️

Our Partner, The Aquatic Safety Research Group, has produced a free-of-charge and very valuable educational audio track ...
02/06/2020
The Aquatics Safety Research Group's New and Free Educational Audio Track — Shallow Water Blackout Prevention

Our Partner, The Aquatic Safety Research Group, has produced a free-of-charge and very valuable educational audio track titled: The Mindful Lifeguard, which can be found on their website.

Follow the link for more details!

Our Partner, The Aquatic Safety Research Group, has produced a free-of-charge and very valuable educational audio track titled:   The Mindful Lifeguard ,  which can be found on their website .    To listen to the audio track click here. To learn mor

http://www.shallowwaterblackoutprevention.org/news/meet-our-newest-junior-ambassador-jackie-de-leon
12/19/2019
Meet Our Newest Junior Ambassador - Jackie De Leon — Shallow Water Blackout Prevention

http://www.shallowwaterblackoutprevention.org/news/meet-our-newest-junior-ambassador-jackie-de-leon

Britt Jackson December 17, 2019 SWBP News Meet Our Newest Junior Ambassador - Jackie De Leon Britt Jackson December 17, 2019 SWBP News Jackie De Leon is 16 years old and was born in NYC but moved to California when she was four-years-old. Jackie immediately fell in love with her new beach community....

Check out this article from our friends in India about safe diving - SCUBA and Freediving.  Thank you for the mention, @...
12/09/2019
A call for Indian marine scientists to establish a culture of diving safety

Check out this article from our friends in India about safe diving - SCUBA and Freediving. Thank you for the mention, @IndiaBioscience and the great illustration!

https://indiabioscience.org/columns/indian-scenario/a-call-for-indian-marine-scientists-to-establish-a-culture-of-diving-safety?token=mOQx6-uxlcaBFYdxithUoak-RskK3mxm

Marine researchers often use diving techniques to observe underwater habitats and to carry out undersea experiments. India, in spite of being home to a number of exciting marine research projects, lacks concrete regulations and guidelines to ensure the safety of diving scientists. In this article...

Giving Tuesday was an incredible day and we have loved seeing YOUR support through online giving and the creation and sh...
12/04/2019

Giving Tuesday was an incredible day and we have loved seeing YOUR support through online giving and the creation and sharing of Facebook fundraisers in support of Shallow Water Blackout Prevention.

We can't say "THANK YOU" enough!

We wish you a wonderful holiday season, and look forward to working together in the upcoming year to spread awareness around the world.

You ARE making a difference!

While you're shopping this #CyberMonday, don't forget to use Amazon Smile and choose SWBP as your designated non-profit....
12/02/2019

While you're shopping this #CyberMonday, don't forget to use Amazon Smile and choose SWBP as your designated non-profit. It's easy and free to help us save lives, why not?
Happy shopping!!

11/25/2019
Daughter SAVES her dad from SWBP!

Our friend and supporter Will Aherne shares his story about how he experienced a shallow water blackout while working out at his home. Had it not been for his daughter checking up on him, he may not have survived.

Thank you, Will, for sharing your story!

We love seeing Swimming World warn about the dangers involved in hypoxic training in this article. So very important! ht...
11/22/2019
Lifestyle Of Medley Man Max Litchfield: The Fuel Needed For An Everest A Day - Swimming World News

We love seeing Swimming World warn about the dangers involved in hypoxic training in this article. So very important!

https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/lifestyle-of-medley-man-max-litchfield-the-fuel-needed-for-an-everest-a-daylifestyle-of-medley-man-max-litchfield-an-everest-a-day-on-3000-calories/

Max Litchfield’s Daily Diet There are many ways to describe the 400 medley ace. Hungry, for starters. Not just for success in the fast pool but literally every day for

There’s #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday…and then there’s #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving! This year, we can...
11/21/2019

There’s #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday…and then there’s #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving! This year, we can’t wait to link arms with you so we can continue to raise awareness of the dangers of shallow water blackout all over the world. If you'd like information on how YOU can help (it's super easy!) DM us and we'll fill you in!

We are thrilled to see the very first tip in this article is SAFETY and how to avoid a shallow water blackout.  Super th...
11/12/2019
11 Spearfishing Tips For Beginners

We are thrilled to see the very first tip in this article is SAFETY and how to avoid a shallow water blackout. Super thanks to The Adventure Junkies for promoting safe spearfishing. ❤️

https://www.theadventurejunkies.com/spearfishing-tips/

Spearfishing is a great way to fish—it’s sustainable, affordable, and most of all, tons of fun. But it’s a tough sport to get started and improve your skills with, while also staying safe. You’re going to need some quality gear, knowledge of local dive spots, and some spearfishing tips if yo...

In this article about the healing powers of Aquatic Therapy, PainScience shares a warning about the dangers of hypervent...
11/12/2019
Get in the Pool for Pain

In this article about the healing powers of Aquatic Therapy, PainScience shares a warning about the dangers of hyperventilating and prolonged underwater breath-holding. These are the types of warnings that we love to see! Thank you PainScience for your diligence in promoting safe and healthy ways to exercise and apply therapies.

https://www.painscience.com/articles/aquatic-therapy.php

Aquatic therapy, aquajogging, water yoga, floating and other water-based treatment and injury rehab options

We want to send out a warm welcome to our new Junior Ambassadors on the West Coast, Colton, Nicole and Amanda!These upst...
10/22/2019
Welcome New Junior Ambassadors Colton Quick, Nicole Harvey and Amanda Marshall — Shallow Water Blackout Prevention

We want to send out a warm welcome to our new Junior Ambassadors on the West Coast, Colton, Nicole and Amanda!

These upstanding young people are committed to educating their community and peers on the dangers of shallow water blackout.

Welcome to the team, we are so glad to have you!

http://www.shallowwaterblackoutprevention.org/news/welcome-new-ambassadors-colton-nicole

Please take a moment today to share about the dangers of prolonged underwater breath-holding with your friends and famil...
06/01/2019

Please take a moment today to share about the dangers of prolonged underwater breath-holding with your friends and family.

With your help lives will be saved!

Special thanks and gratitude to Governor Kemp for the proclamation.

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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.