Becoming a Safer 3 Professional Member means becoming a vital part of the drowning prevention movement. The Foundation and its members work together with partners toward a common goal: reducing fatal and non-fatal drownings in local communities. Safer 3 provides support, encouragement and inspiration for your outreach. We dream of a world without drowning just like you do. Professional Membership gives you the tools to make that possible.
Professional Membership is designed specifically for those individuals and organizations already focused on aquatics, water safety and drowning prevention. Professional Members are the experts that can bring together all of a community’s water safety advocates and create change. Safer 3 provides the resources and additional credibility to support our mutual, greater cause.
Aquatics professionals know the statistics: everyday about ten people die from unintentional drowning in the United States. Two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning is the sixth leading cause of unintentional injury or death for people of all ages. Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14 years.
We cannot forget non-fatal drownings: more than 55% of nonfatal drowning victims treated in emergency rooms require hospitalization or transfer for higher levels of care. These injuries can be severe. Nonfatal drownings can cause brain damage that may result a permanent vegetative state. It is tragedy at every turn.
Yet water safety and drowning prevention gets scant time, attention and resources in communities. Safer 3 Professional Members and the Foundation can change that. YOU are the expert in your community. You can be a leader and make a difference. Your work can save more lives. We know it really does matter.
Ultimately, doing good is good for business also. Professional Members’ action in their communities will bring their profession and organizations to higher levels of recognition and success. Whether it is more powerful public relations or greater differentiation on social media, Professional Membership can help transform you into a trusted figure in your community. Your reputation will grow in value as your work progresses and achieves results.