My name is Krista, and I have been a Drowning Prevention Specialist since 2005. With over 24 years of experience working with children, I had actually planned on attending graduate school to obtain my doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology; however, when I was introduced to the Drowning Prevention Community, I had a change of heart. Being a near drowning victim at the tender age of three, thoughts of water’s imminent danger are never far from my mind. I know from my personal experience that it only takes seconds for a child to sink to the bottom of a pool and go under without making a splash, or even so much as a sound. Therefore, when I learned effective methods for teaching infants, toddlers, children and fearful adults how to swim, float, and survive in the water; I knew that I discovered my calling in life. Being passionate about helping people and dedicated to making a difference, I found a career that is more rewarding than words.
As an active Volunteer with San Diego Hospice and the Institute for Palliative Medicine, I work closely with infants, children and adults who have less than 6 months to live. Although I am comfortable with the end of life, I know that drowning is a “preventable tragedy” that occurs without warning. Therefore, I am committed to raising awareness, educating the public, and providing highly effective swim lessons as a means of giving my students a fighting chance. I believe that while the risk that is present with water can never be eliminated, it can be reduced and managed. With a multi-layer approach to prevention which includes: installing protective barriers around water, constant adult supervision, establishing rescue procedures, and learning how to swim… we can reduce the risk of drowning.