WHO’s Global Report On Drowning

Posted on: November 20th, 2014 by Henry Reyes No Comments

Global Report On Drowning
ACCORDING TO THE 2014 WHO GLOBAL REPORT ON DROWNING:
Data collection in many low- and middle-income countries is limited, hampering the planning, implementation and monitoring of drowning prevention measures. In addition, the way deaths are classified means the full extent of the world’s drowning problem is underrepresented – statistics currently exclude intentional drowning (for example,suicide and homicide), as well as drowning deaths resulting from flood disasters and water transport incidents. 1 data on non-fatal drownings, which could reveal something about the burden of serious injury and lifelong disability, are not routinely collected.

Key facts:

  • Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths.
  • There are an estimated 372 000 annual drowning deaths worldwide.
  • Global estimates may significantly underestimate the actual public health problem related to drowning.
  • Children, males and individuals with increased access to water are most at risk of drowning.

“There needs to be much more national and international attention focused on drowning, given the limited data available on its true scale and the heavy toll it takes on families, communities and economies.”
- World Health Organization

Interested in reading the full 2014 WHO Global Report on Drowning?
Global Report on Drowning

In The Beginning I Became A Lifeguard Because

Posted on: November 19th, 2014 by islasurforg No Comments

Jena-Cree-Lifeguard

Hi! My name is Jenalea Cree and I recently volunteered on the ISLA trip to the Dominican Republic. I am 24 and living in Irvine, CA. I am a lifeguard and junior lifeguard instructor at Crystal Cove State Park. I am starting my teaching credential in the fall and hope to be a 3rd or 4th grade teacher someday and a junior guard instructor in the summers. I love reading, swimming, running, cooking and farmers markets. I also love travel and had the most amazing experience on the ISLA trip to the DR!

 

Favorite beach in the world?

My favorite beach in the world is Newport Beach, it’s the beach where I learned everything I know about the ocean and also where I have the most memories from. A close second would have to be Twin Lakes in Santa Cruz.

 

Where have you lifeguarded around the world?

So far I have lifeguarded in Crystal Cove State Park, Santa Cruz, and the Dominican Republic. I was Team DR this past April! I traveled to the Dominican Republic with ISLA to help teach a lifesaving course and lifeguard during Semana Santa.

 

When did you start lifeguarding?

I started lifeguarding in 2005 in various pools around Orange County. I eventually started lifeguarding in lakes and finally became a beach state lifeguard for Crystal Cove in 2012.

 

Why are you a lifeguard?

In the beginning I became a lifeguard because it seemed like a great summer job that paid more than what my friends got in retail and food service. That all changed when I became a beach lifeguard and realized the true lifestyle that lifeguarding offers and how it can really transform your life. It made me realize that I have a love of helping others and educating them. This love of helping and educating others is what led me to ISLA and I will now use it to become a teacher this next year.

 

How did you first get started with ISLA?

I first got started at ISLA after lifeguard training. During training Will Koon brought up ISLA and said that anyone interested in travel and lifesaving should check it out. I was interested in both so I contacted Raquel Lizarraga to see how I could get involved. I started out with doing office work and helping with the Global Drowning tracker and eventually was able to go on the trip to the Dominican Republic.

 

What interested you most about ISLA?

ISLA really interested me because it seemed like an opportunity to travel and see the world but through a very honest perspective. I have never really been the stay at the resort and sit by the pool kind of girl but have always wanted to instead travel around the world and see what life is really like in different countries. The added bonus with ISLA was that I could travel around see the problems and actually do something to help.

Dominican-Republic-Mariposa-Foundation

 

What do you love most about volunteering for ISLA?

I really loved having the opportunity to meet people from lifesaving agencies all over the world. We all came from different agencies but had such common interests and were really able to bond through our experience.

 

What do you do outside of volunteering for ISLA?

This past year I worked at the Laguna Art Museum and this upcoming fall I’m going to school to get my multiple subject teaching credential. Some other hobbies I have outside of lifeguarding and ISLA is a love of open water swimming, marathon running, vegan cooking, reading, and shopping!

 

What inspires you?

I am inspired daily by the people around me and their want to make a difference and be better people. I work at a beach filled with people who really try to do the best they can at their job and in life.

 

What is the best beach food?

My favorite beach food is a Gallo’s avocado sandwich and a date shake from the shake shack. Sooooo good!

 

Favorite beach music?

I am for sure an old soul so my favorite beach music will always be Led Zeppelin.

 

Favorite thing about lifeguarding?

Being at my favorite place and helping other people enjoy it as much as me!

 

Favorite piece of rescue equipment?

Sunscreen! I love being outside all day long and I want to spend my life that way. So anyone that knows me knows I try to protect my skin as much as possible in order to stay healthy and protect myself so I can protect others as long as possible.

 

What is your hope for drowning prevention?

I plan to continue to prevent drowning through continuing to lifeguard and be a junior guard instructor. I also plan to continue to help ISLA as much as I can. I hope to also educate my future classes as soon as I become a teacher on drowning prevention.

 

Describe yourself in 3 words

contemplative, competitive, kind

Dominican-Republic-Lifeguard

Want to join our team?

We’re looking to add more people to our volunteer team. Are you someone with the desire to travel the world? Someone passionate about helping others? Are you interested in volunteering for an organization that changes the lives of thousands of people around the world?

Apply to join our team of International Lifeguards!

Global Drowning Tracker Update: November 2014

Posted on: November 17th, 2014 by Henry Reyes No Comments


 
Without a doubt, The Global Drowning Tracker© (GDT) has been ISLA’s most ambitious undertaking to date. It’s also the project that proved to the world that we’re not just a band of young lifeguards, but a talented and passionate team of activists that can perform at a professional level.

With regards to the current status of the Drowning Tracker… It’s a fully functioning prototype! There are technical issues with the current software handling hundreds of thousands of entries per year, however the major challenge is having a team of people on the back-end validating and approving entries as required by the system. With all of ISLA’s current humanitarian operations, approving and updating current entries in the GDT has been an overwhelming venture for our ISLA volunteers.

ISLA can without a doubt, build the next version of the Drowning Tracker and hire a team to keep it operational, but it would require having the system managed by a professional staff (not volunteers) and that requires funding. It would cost us an estimated $500,000 USD to develop and launch Version 2.0 of the GDT, and approximately half that amount every year, to hire a staff to maintain/operate the system. ISLA is committed to making this happen and that’s why we’re focusing on revenue generating initiatives (Membership & Store) to sustain our organization while we continue to seek funding for the GDT program.

The worst-case scenario is that ISLA is unable to find grant funding, and we’d have to fund the development and operation of Global Drowning Tracker© ourselves. Raising five-hundred thousand dollars may seem impossible to most people, but so does the list of accomplishments and milestones we’ve achieved to make it this far!

  • Winning a grant from Chase Bank
  • Awarded a grant from Google to use their mapping software
  • Developing Global Drowning Tracker V.1.0
  • Presenting the GDT in front of U.S. Congress
  • Being the most visited lifesaving-related website in the world
  • Honored by President Obama for our volunteer efforts

GLOBAL DROWNING TRACKER

GDT TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW
Global Drowning Drowning© 1.0 is a fully functional prototype of next-gen information technology.
The GDT has search features for continent, country, state, city, name, age, gender, type of
drowning category, keyword, and timeline. Data can also be isolated to compile results.

The Global Drowning Tracker© has the ability to maintain performance and usefulness, regardless of the diverse needs of multiple cultures, countries, or established programs.

The GDT application is easily customizable to anthropological needs regardless of the
relevant data collection for the geographic location, country,
or city, or agency needs.

Key features include:
• Reporting a drowning incident:
- Via Internet
- SMS Text Messaging
• Geo-tag drowning reports
• RSS News Alerts
• Twitter Alerts and other social media integration
• Upload photos to Honor victims
• Upload information to Honor victims
• Post news source links to verify accuracy of incidents

SPONSOR VERSION 2.0 ✍

The Global Drowning Tracker© 1.0 is just the beginning. We’ve established a bottom-up method of global drowning reporting, and we need your help to integrate a top-down method of efficiently utilizing data to allocate resources. We are reaching out to the drowning community for insight, recommendations, and financial sponsorships.

Sponsor the Global Drowning Tracker© Version 2.0 to enable:
• Bulk data import/export
• Report multiple victims in one incident
• Enhanced administrative interface and controls
• Dynamic IP language translation for top 20 languages
• Real-time interactive map
• Improved SMS Text Messaging incident reporting
• ICD code and Utstein integration for scientific reporting
• Dynamically adjusting screen resolution for a full range of devices

To learn more about Sponsor benefits:
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ACCORDING TO THE 2014 WHO GLOBAL REPORT ON DROWNING:
Data collection in many low- and middle-income countries is limited, hampering the planning, implementation and monitoring of drowning prevention measures. In addition, the way deaths are classified means the full extent of the world’s drowning problem is underrepresented – statistics currently exclude intentional drowning (for example,suicide and homicide), as well as drowning deaths resulting from flood disasters and water transport incidents. 1 data on non-fatal drownings, which could reveal something about the burden of serious injury and lifelong disability, are not routinely collected.

“There needs to be much more national and international attention focused on drowning, given the limited data available on its true scale and the heavy toll it takes on families, communities and economies.”
- World Health Organization

Interested in reading the full 2014 WHO Global Report on Drowning?
Global Report on Drowning

White House Honors ISLA with Presidential Volunteer Service Awards

Posted on: November 12th, 2014 by Henry Reyes 1 Comment

Presidents Volunteer Service Award
ISLA recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) for their efforts in advancing professional lifesaving development to areas in need around the world.

“This is another chance to get the issue of global drowning in front of our world’s leaders.” Said ISLA Co-Founder/President, Henry Reyes “Most people don’t realize the HUNDREDS of hours it takes to operate ISLA. ISLA is still a 100% volunteer based organization! Not only are our most senior staff members volunteering their time… they’re still paying all their own travel expenses for their trips!”

The PVSA recognizes United States citizens who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a national award created by the White House. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

ISLA White House Letter
Co-founder/Director Olin Patterson, also said, “I’m excited to see ISLA and its incredible volunteer force be recognized on such a prestigious level, and more importantly, excited about the bright future to come!”

Co-Founder and President of ISLA, Henry Reyes and ISLA’s Vice President of Operations, Will Koon, received Gold awards for accumulating over 500 hours of service. Olin Patterson, Director/Co-founder of ISLA, along with Raquel Lizarraga, ISLA’s Vice President for Development, both were awarded Silver for their over 400 hours of service, and ISLA’s IT Manager, Michael Lopez received Bronze for his over 100 hours in the past 12 months.

Read the official Press Release

2015 Chile Lifeguard Exchange

Posted on: November 7th, 2014 by Henry Reyes No Comments

Chile Lifeguard Exchange
Get ready for an adventure! 2015 marks the third year that Guardavidas SEAL has hosted ISLA guards in Chile. This exchange is all about exploring the different regions of Chile, hanging with “Big Boss” Claudio, eating Mariscos for breakfast, teaching and learning new rescue techniques, and sharing life with new Chilean friends. Highlights of this 2 1/2 week whirl wind include coordinating and lifeguarding the Pucon Ironman and exploring the Lakes Region of Chile, visiting the Kraken Lifeguard School for at risk youth in Valparaiso, and living for a week in the Lifeguard House with the Guardavidas SEAL in Tongoy. Check out the details below, and apply quick!

EXCHANGE DATES:

January 5th – January 22nd 2015

EXCHANGE ITINERARY(Subject to change)

Nov 5: Exchange Application Opens
Nov 23: Exchange Application Closes
Nov 25: Exchange Candidates Announced

Jan 5: Travel Day, Arrive in Santiago
Jan 6: Explore Santiago
Jan 7: Travel to Pucón, Lakes Region
Jan 8- 11: Iron Man Prep/ Pucón Exploration
Jan 12: Travel to Valparaiso, Visit Guardavidas Kraken School
Jan 13: Travel to La Serena/Tongoy
Jan 14- 21:Lifeguard with Guardavidas Seal
Jan 22: Travel Home, or onward on your own!

Tongoy Beach Chile
COSTS:
ISLA-SEAL Exchange Donation: US$550
Chilean Entrance Fee: US$160 (For U.S. Citizens, Varies by country)
Airfare to Santiago de Chile: Varies

INCLUDED IN THE ISLA-SEAL EXCHANGE DONATION:

  • Lodging for the duration of the project
  • Meals during Volunteer Lifeguard Portions (Approximately ½ the trip)
  • In country transportation
  • 1 Year ISLA Membership
  • International Travelers Insurance for the duration of the project
  • Full ISLA Uniform
  • Equipment Donation

Priority will be given to those applicants who have advanced Spanish Language Skills.

APPLY HERE!

Check out past Chile Lifeguard Exchanges Here

ISLA In Africa: Project Uganda 2014

Posted on: October 30th, 2014 by Henry Reyes No Comments

ISLA UgandaMoses Kalanzi of SwimSafe Uganda has invited ISLA and its collaborating partners (Lifeguards Without Borders, Nile Swimmers, Starfish Aquatics Institute)  to a lifeguard training and swim instructor course the organization is conducting in Kampala, Uganda on Nov 15-22. SwimSafe Uganda has partnered with the Ugandan National Council on Sports, Police/Fire Prevention/Rescue Organization, and the Ministries of Education, Sports, and Youth/Children to put on this event.

ISLA VP of Operations William Koon will be the ISLA representative for the event.  Koon will be assisting  and sharing course  information as a guest lecturer. William will also be meeting with representatives from:

  • Ministry of Education and Sports
  • Kampala Capital City Authority
  • Ministry of Youth and Children
  • Uganda Police
  • National Council of Sports
  • Uganda Swimming Federation

The goal of Project Uganda 2014 focuses on the importance of lifeguards, water safety, and drowning prevention amongst the Ugandan groups. Two national media conferences have been scheduled for the project.

“This is an incredible demonstration of collaborative effort by several different groups to make a significant impact on lifesaving in Uganda.  This is a tangible, on the ground training program that has many different contributors with a single mission: reduce drowning events in Uganda.  I am excited to be working with old friends, and to make new ones as we move forward.” – William Koon.

Want to follow the Project Uganda as it happens? 

Use #Collaboration on instagram, facebook, or twitter for live updates of the project.