Turning the tides on child drowning
Rebecca Wear Robinson
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I'm on a quest for global drowning prevention education. I believe that we can change the way the world behaves around water and keep our children happy, healthy and alive. Read about my thoughts, campaigns and news regarding water and children’s safety in my blog.

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450,000 Life Jackets – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

March 3, 2016
Abandoned life jackets

An estimated 900,000 refugees arrived in Europe by sea in 2015. A mountain of abandoned life jackets remains on the shores – 450,000 on the Greek island of Lesbos alone. These discarded life jackets are currently trash. Some are cheaply made and dangerous, many are decent quality life jackets that can be used again. We […]

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1 + 1 = 1,000,000

January 28, 2016
Boeuf Bourguignon

I’m tired of hearing about the ‘one right way’ to end drowning, or address any social issue, for that matter. Cooperation and collaboration are key to creating social change, but are fiendishly difficult to achieve. Dealing with conflict, competition within the field, and power struggles are part of the process, no matter how noble the […]

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They Are Our Children

December 1, 2015

Trying to do good can be tough. It can feel as if you have been asked to rebuild a beach one grain of sand at a time while a hurricane is raging all around you. Doubt. Frustration. Anger. Fear. Hopelessness. You wake up every morning determined to make a difference. To be the change you […]

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Accessories To Murder

October 1, 2015

When 3-year old Aylan Kurdi drowned and washed up on a beach, the Syrian refugee crisis viscerally and controversially captured the public’s attention. It wasn’t just Aylan who drowned. An estimated 1,700 refugees have drowned this year alone.  Our community has been silent. It’s not just drowning, it’s actions that contribute to drowning. A new report […]

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We’re Engaged!

August 6, 2015
RNLI jacket

The call came yesterday. A good friend is engaged to be married! Smiles, heartfelt congratulations, hugs, handshakes, break out the champagne, ‘tell me everything!’ These are all typical responses when a couple becomes engaged because we understand that being engaged is more than just a proposal and a party, engagement is the manifestation of shared […]

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We Need Self-Control

July 16, 2015
Law Gavel

We keep thinking water safety is obvious and common sense. We think if we just talk about drowning, everyone will have an ‘aha’ moment and start acting appropriately around water. Funding for programs will come flooding in, innovations in the field will multiply to keep people safer, and the world will splash joyfully and safely. […]

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When Children Drown

June 17, 2015
Little Cemetery Angel

Four orphan children drowned in a farm dam. The children, ranging in age from 8 to 12, drowned while trying to rescue a duck. A 6-year old girl was the only witness. She didn’t understand what was happening and was worried about telling an adult since the farm dam was out of bounds for the […]

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Marketing the NFL – Super Bowl XLIX

February 2, 2015
Super Bowl

Last night we got to watch the NFL (National Football League) digging fast and furiously out of the multiple holes of concussions and domestic violence that have plagued them. It was almost believable that they have seen the error in their ways, if not for the loud moaning about their deflated balls that preceded the […]

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Leveraging The WHO Drowning Report

November 19, 2014
World Health Organization Flag

The first ever World Health Organization (WHO) Global Report on Drowning was released on November 18. If you haven’t had a chance to read the report, click here to download the full report. There was much good news. The presence of the Director-General of the WHO and several Ambassadors, and a video speech from Michael […]

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Talking To The Public

July 9, 2014

Following my rant on the term ‘secondary drowning’ last week, Dr. Justin Sempsrott was kind enough (and brave, given my endless questions) to spend over an hour on the phone with me to teach me exactly what ‘drowning’ means. Much of it was news to me, even after 8 years in the field. Based on […]

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