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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WCDP2017 – The Big Picture

November 1, 2017
Canadian flag and balloons in front of view of False Creek and the Burrard street bridge in Vancouver, Canada for Canada

The World Conference on Drowning Prevention (#WCDP2017) in Vancouver, Canada was attended by over 800 people from 60 countries. There were over 200 presenters and 109 poster presentations in the three days of breakout sessions, and numerous side meetings. Old friends reconnected and new friendships were formed. The sense of shared commitment to ending drowning […]

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Those Who Study History Will Repeat It.

May 24, 2017
Nuclear Explosion

There is an oft-repeated phrase, “Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it.” I disagree. I think the way we study history, and the lessons we internalize from history, force us to repeat history ever more destructively. By studying history incorrectly for so many years we are at the point where human […]

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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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