The Journey Of One Father Telling Stories of the UNTHINKABLE that he lives but that of other people who are also living the UNTHINKABLE
We are a New Breed of People We Call Ourselves Drowning Warriors
We have a voice for those who no longer have a voice and for those who do have a voice we project that voice as loud as we can. Because what we know can and does save lives. Because we are waging war every day with the people that don’t believe that it can happen to them.
We must do things differently, we take massive action as a team. We must do things smarter. We must be effective with our first message from day one.
If I was to ask the average person if they are concerned with Drowning they would say YES. However, they don’t believe that it will ever happen to them, so they take no action to prevent it. Yet it happens every day. Drowning doesn’t discriminate or has no boundaries. It’s fast and silent. It hits when you least expect it.
So, we fight every day to be heard, to get our message out to the masses.
We Are Drowning Warriors – These Are Our Stories.
My Life Decoded When it Comes to The Coronavirus, Water Safety, and Drowning Prevention
Life is being decoded for many people right now. Somebody you know may need a lifesaver thrown out as a lifeline. Mental Health is being tested for so many people right now. For example, water safety advocates who would normally be advocating water safety are finding themselves looking for something to do or a way to communicate their message and programs.
Life is by far not normal. But, It may become our new normal as they say!
In this episode, I lay out my world as a water safety advocate and a podcast living through a time that we have never seen and I pray we never see again. However, I'm thinking of all of you that really have been hit hard by the events of this world.
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A Mother Explains Her Experience between Mommy and Me Swim Lessons vs Infant Swim Lessons
Today's podcast we are talking with Nicole Nusshag. A Mother Explains Her Experience between Mommy and Me Swim Lessons vs Infant Swim Lessons. She is a mother who started her daughter off in a mommy and me swim lessons and then learned about infant swim. After learning about infant swim lessons and getting her daughter involved and skilled. She moved to Arizona and realized that she still had the need from these lessons and there was nobody around that was able to teach so she took it into her own hand and became an Infant Swim Instructor.
Listen to this episode as Nicole a Mother explains the difference between these two types of classes and what you should consider and why?
Rick: "There's a lot more that goes into this, then just say going down to the local YMCA and learning how to swim.""Nicole: As soon as a child is old enough to roll over on land, they're old enough to be able to be taught to roll over in the water."
Rick: A Mommy and Me Class - So a 30 minute class on individual instruction with the instructor. How much time was the instructor actually spending with you and your baby?
Nicole:One-on-one? Maybe two minutes if that.
Rick:So, you're paying for a 30-minute class and getting two minutes' worth of instruction.
Nicole: But with me, it's 10 minutes. I'm working the entire time, the child, we'll be tired after the 10 minutes like they're done. And there are some kids that, they're done at say seven or eight minutes, they're just done and we have to call it. It was a good productive lesson that day, and the reason why the lessons are so short is that they get tired.
Rick: Welcome to DW nation, everyone. This is your host, Rick Kauffman with the drowning warrior podcast. We've got a guest here with us today. We're actually going to be talking to an infant swim specialist actually with Aqua babies survival swim school. And this is Nicole Nusshag and she is in Vail or otherwise a suburb of Tucson, Arizona. So if you're familiar with the Tucson, Arizona, that area, I'm sure you're aware of the climate, the type of homes, everything like that. So it's summer, I would say almost all year except for today. Okay. So welcome Nicole and welcome to the drowning warrior podcast here today.
Nicole: Thank you. Thanks for having me. I'm happy to be here.
Rick: Well, we're happy to have you. And actually we kind of met just kind of live, give a how we met you ran across one of our previous podcasts and then started looking into things and found me on social media and found a couple of our, you found our Facebook community, which is DW nation, which is a private community there. And you've engaged with us in that area. And then we'll you and I jumped on a really nice phone call with your daughter and as your daughter was the leader of that phone conversation, we had a really, really good time and I learned a lot about you and vice versa. So why don't you just take a moment, let our listeners know about a little bit about your background and how and what we're going to get into this survival swimming, you know, a conversation, but how you really got involved in that.
Nicole: Okay. Yeah. So,
Nicole: I grew up swimming around pools and lakes and rivers. I grew up in Washington state, so there's water all over the place there. And that was just, that was part of our lifestyle was being in the water in the summertime. And when I had my first child in 2015, that's when it really started setting in the dangers of water and children. And I wanted to make sure that, that my child, now, you know, I have more than one now, but,
How Can This Happen to so Many Children Brandon Love Shares A Father’s Story
How many of these ladders do we see left in the pool with nobody swimming?
We are talking with Brandon Love. He's a father of Bentley Maverick Love (named after Maverick in the movie Top Gun). Brandon along with so many other parents asks the question of how can this happen to so many children, well Brandon shares a Father's Story in today's podcast. Click the play button above to listen to the full story or read our transcript below and go to the section as it is timed stamped to take you right to that part you want to listen to.
His son is just like any other little boy, full of life and curious searching for things to do and to get into. Just like so many others, they just don't know what is dangerous to them. They have no fear and will unlock a door or get out of a house by any means they can to get into the things that they can have fun with all while you are in the house unaware of what they are doing. It happens to all parents at some point in time. However, for the majority of the parent without a devastating accident. A Father's Story, don't let Brandon's story become yours. Listen to what he has to say!
You can connect with Brandon via his personal Facebook page here is the link to connect with him https://www.facebook.com/brandough.love
Brandon mentions Melanie Brindleyley and her program in this podcast as they have teamed up to work together on water safety and drowning prevention programs in their communities, here is the link to their website and learn more. https://www.swimsafety.org/
Rick (00:00): Welcome everyone. Hey, this is Rick Kauffman your host with the drowning warrior podcast and this is DW nation. We are speaking with Brandon Love. You're gonna want to tune in and listen to this episode because Brandon's going to share with you this involved his son and a Brandon, if I remember correctly. It is. It also involved a nephew or a cousins, a child too. Is that correct?
Brandon (00:24): Yes, Sir my nephew.
Rick (00:26): What I'd like to do is just welcome Brandon. Brandon, welcome to the show here today.
Brandon (00:31): Thank you. Having me
Rick (00:32): Telling. Our stories are really, really important. I know many, many of us and I think you're a lot like I am. We want people to understand that our children were just regular everyday children. I mean there really nothing different between you as a parent and your children and all the other families and children that are out there running around today. I mean, would you agree with that assessment, Brandon?
Brandon (00:55): Totally. I mean it's not like we have a,
Brandon (00:58): when I was set apart from anybody, we're all pretty much the same.
Rick (01:02): I know for myself and as parents we never would have believed that, uh, we would be part of this group in this club. So Brandon, why don't you just take a moment here and tell us a little bit about your son, the type of boy he was. Tell us, tell us in your words as much as you would like to let us know, tell us a little bit about what happened.
Brandon (01:23): Okay. Well my son's name was Bentley Maverick Love uh, yes, he got his middle name from the movie top gun and it was very, very outgoing. I mean he only lived to be two years old, but I could tell like he would have had just a full life happiness, you know, he cleared any time grandma or his brother or me or anybody was upset. He could tell and he would just give it to latch on to you and he would do it again
Brandon (01:54): to at least get you to smile. And then he would start laughing. Where do you want your smile? He was very strong, very athletic. At two years old. He blew me away when we were playing catch wit...
A 5-Year-Old Girl Drowns A Daughter and Her Father Reveil Mistakes at a Lifeguarded Pool Every Parent Needs To Know
We are talking to two very brave people, Sarah Watkins and her Father Bart Watkins, that stepped up and their training took over and responded to a situation. So I would like to ask you would you know what to do if a 5-Year-Old Girl Drowns in a pool that you were attending while it was guarded by lifeguards? This is what every parent with children that can or even can't swim needs to know.
"Listen to Sarah and her father Bart tell their full story of the events of this day in a public lifeguarded pool with others standing around. It's what you need to know and check what you think you may know how to keep your children safe."
I would like to thank our sponsor of this episode Safeswimminglessons.com. If you would like to learn what it will take to teach the little ones to swim and to self-rescue check out their website, The program is closing on March 15th to save 50% on their program.
Let me tell you a quick story about a 5-year-old girl who drowned and a daughter and her father that took action. At the time Sarah and her daughter were enjoying swimming in the pool while her father Bart was swimming laps in the indoor pool. Sarah noticed what was happening when she saw the lifeguards just standing around, talking and pointing at the little girl and asked if anyone has checked on her?. Sarah was getting more and more upset at their lack of ability to respond to this situation in the manner that she was trained when she was a lifeguard and an instructor.
Then the bottom fell out from under everyone and Sarah knew she had to take action and started to perform CPR, as they just weren't doing it right until she could go on no more. Sarah then ran to get her father, Bart to take over CPR. This meant she couldn't keep going, performing CPR can take a lot out of you after what seemed to be a long time and she just couldn't go on. As you can imagine, this situation was going from bad to worse and becoming a desperate situation but they weren't ready to give up. They had to keep going to save this little girl. She was transported to the hospital where she didn’t survive this drowning even after all they had done.
Earlier the girl was wearing a puddle jumper similar to the picture. She had removed this life vest (Puddle Jumper) while her grandfather went to the restroom. She then entered the pool not wearing her puddle jumper. For children of this age group accustomed to wearing these types of PFD's, they do not understand that this is what keeps them afloat.
Then we discovered, after this drowning, we had started to ask questions and they were surprised at what we found out.
At that point, everything changed for Bart and Sarah!
They discovered that this facility was:
Unprepared to handle an event like this little 5-year-old girl The rescue equipment was not present or and even their AED machine was locked up in the office That they do not perform the type of training that would prepare them for this. Plus, not to mention that they spent time on their cell phones and talking with one another instead of scanning and watching the patrons in the pool
Because what Bart and Sarah had discovered, after this drowning, they had started to ask questions and were surprised at what they found out.
After this event, it has energized Bart and Sarah to take action in their community and begin to educate parents and children of the dangers around water and these pools
If it was going to happen then they were going to have to get involved in their community that is based in a low-income area,
We all Know A Little Boy That Wanted to Grow Up to be a First Responder Rory The Warrior with Sherry Dawn-Sheffield
Rory, given his Last Ride A Hero and a Warrior to so many.
Rory Antley Sheffield was born a firecracker.
Rory was walking by 9 months and never stopped once he got vertical. He was the joy of his family and Daddy named him his “Little Warrior”. He loved firetrucks and would watch numerous videos of them going out on calls. One of his favorite videos built a firetruck from the tires up and he could name each part.
Listen to this episode to hear how Rory is just like any other normal toddler that we know walking around our house and yours.
On August 17, 2016, their family, along with 3 other families, rented a home in Concan, Tx. They had planned a fun, relaxing vacation with friends. On Friday, August 19th, after returning from the Frio River, everyone started getting ready for dinner. Rory slipped away and decided to go swimming. Only he didn’t know how to swim and his lifejacket had been removed to dry.
"Within minutes of my friend calling 911, a volunteer fireman heard the call and was just minutes away."
They could have done nothing after his death. Yet Rory was too special and God had bigger plans for him and his family. They wanted to save other families from their nightmare.
The family wanted to support the volunteer fire departments and first responders that Rory so loved. So Rory the Warrior, Inc was started in honor of their little Warrior, Rory Antley Sheffield.
Watch to short video as our tribute to Rory and their mission
Out of something so UNTHINKABLE a Little Boy Has Become That First Responder. Rory is a HERO in the Heart of his Community and That of the First Responders Providing Life Saving Oxygen and Equipment that proved to be so valuable on the very first day that the first Hero Bag was given out.
Listen to the Story in its entirety.
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Thank you to our sponsor SafeSwimmingLessons.com
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How You Can Learn To Teach Children To Float If You Don’t have $12,000 to $20,000
We are talking with Trish Muehlstein where she spent some time with us one day in our Facebook Group DW Nation Drowning Warrior Podcast community, where we meet every day at 9 am EST for what I call our coffee break. Trish has developed a new program that she is sharing with us. As the title says "How You Can Learn To Teach Children To Float If You Don't have $12,000 to $20,000." Well, you can! Trish is going to explain that in this episode.
If you would like to jump ahead and go right to the meat of it, you can check out her website where she has a short video that explains the program. https://safeswimminglessons.com
She is offering a special BETA group of instructors at 50% Discount for those that are wanting to take advantage of this program and save up to $10,000 over other programs. Go to https://safeswimminglessons.com to get started.
MeetTrish, Founder, CEO
American momtrepreneur, business consultant, & wellness educator.
Water Safety Expert For Children And Infants
Founder of Tiny Turtles Swim School
Helping thousands of parents feel more secure by teaching their children life-saving swimming skills over the past 17 years.
Advises some of the most iconic celebrities, nonprofits, executives and professional athletes.
Historically, most programs that teach you this information cost $12,000-$20.000.They require you to take at least a month away from your family.They offer little or NO support or coaching after the training.They charge you fees upon fees for continuing education.Who can afford THAT??! Or, spend that time??!!I don’t want to waste time nor money … but want to learn how to save lives!!
This is what you'll learn in this episode.
Trish will explain why she is qualified to teach this lesson.Who is this program for?Why are these other programs so expensive and how you can discount these lessons so much?How will the lessons be taught?How will your coaching work?What are the ages of the children that you will be able to teach?What kind of support will be provided?Will, there be business support?When can I start teaching younger children?Will I have to travel to learn?The techniques and maintenance lessons.1 Year Coaching 1 on 1 for 12 Months
And Much Much More...
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