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June 2023 Water Safety Champions of the Month: Greg Louganis and Matthew Struble

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When it comes to water safety – unity and education are vital to further reduce the number of drownings. There is nothing more inspiring than listening to seasoned water safety champions like Greg Louganis inspire the next generation, such as Matthew Struble, to advocate for the best water safety strategies and to bring generations together to solve the drowning epidemic.

We are thrilled to celebrate our June Water Safety Champions of the Month, Greg Louganis and Matthew Struble!

Why Being a Water Safety Champion is Important to Drowning Prevention:

Water Safety Champions play a crucial role in raising awareness about the importance of water safety practices and are passionate about educating others about staying safe in and around water. We’ve created the Water Safety Champion program to provide resources, tools, and education to drive awareness and help prevent drownings and aquatic injuries.

Becoming a Water Safety Champion means being a part of a national movement that is focused on reducing the amount of water-related tragedies by doing things such as community outreach, social activism, program development, and water safety education.

Without people like Greg and Matthew, we would undoubtedly face a much larger problem when it comes to water-related tragedies. Their efforts and dedication make a significant impact on raising awareness, educating the public, and implementing safety measures in various aquatic environments.

Greg Louganis– From Olympic Champion to Water Safety Champion

Following his retirement from competitive diving, four-time Olympic gold-medal diver, Greg Louganis, channeled his passion for water into becoming a champion for the cause. Having experienced the risks and dangers associated with water firsthand, he dedicated himself to promoting drowning prevention and educating individuals o water safety practices.

Louganis has worked with numerous organizations, including the USA Diving Foundation, USA Water Polo, and the Red Cross, to raise awareness and provide resources for water safety education. He has conducted clinics, speaking engagements, and demonstrations to help prevent drowning incidents and promote responsible water activities.

As drowning risks are so high for children ages 1-4, parents and caregivers are perceived as being responsible for preventing further drownings. 

This is simply not true. Every single person is susceptible to drowning, regardless of their swimming ability. Accidents can happen to anyone, and it takes everyone working together in order to prevent further tragedy due to drowning. 

Together, Greg and Matthew are changing the landscape of what it looks like to be an advocate for water safety!

Matthew Struble: One of Our Youngest Water Safety Champions!

Matthew’s town had local programs for mental health but none for water safety. 

Living in Florida, where there are pools and natural bodies of water at every corner, it became a major concern for him. To help fill this gap, Matthew used his senior project to organize a program that taught school-aged children the importance of implementing and learning the 5 Layers of Protection, focusing on how children can learn to be prepared in the case of a water emergency. 

“I grew up around water, and I know first-hand how important it is to understand both the benefits and the potential dangers, whether it’s a pool, beach, or even a water park.”

As an avid swimmer since the age of 5 and a Red Cross certified Water Safety Instructor, Matthew leveraged his knowledge and experience to create this life-changing program for young children. Brevard County is now considering Matthew’s program for use in local schools throughout the area.

During his senior class awards night, Matthew was presented with the Water Safety Champion medal and spoke with Greg over Zoom about this incredible honor. 

We look forward to watching Matthew’s incredible journey unfold. We know the positive impact he will undoubtedly have on communities, using his knowledge and passion to uplift and empower those around him. Congratulations on this exciting new chapter, and we can’t wait to see what happens next! 

Thank You For Making A Difference In Water Safety!

It takes courage to stand up for what you believe in, but Greg and Matthew prove that anything is possible if you have the drive and determination to succeed. They are an inspiration to us all, reminding us that we can make a difference no matter who we are or where we come from.

Thank you for being Water Safety Champions!

If you are making a difference in water safety and drowning prevention or know someone who has, we want to hear your story. 
Please take a moment to share the story on our website for a chance to be nationally recognized as a Water Safety Champion.