Salvation Army Kroc Center in Omaha to begin FLOAT4LIFE Classes this summer! Posted by Blake Collingsworth on 04/12/201

Salvation Army Kroc Center in Omaha to begin FLOAT4LIFE Classes this summer!

Posted by Blake Collingsworth on 04/12/2012


The partnership between the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation and the Omaha Salvation Army Kroc Center has culminated in bringing the Float4Life infant and toddler water training courses to the Kroc Center! JCMF provided free training for the Kroc Center’s swim instructors to learn the valuable infant and toddler training program and bring it to the communities they serve.

To build the excitement for the courses coming this summer, JCMF volunteers held Josh the Otter readings at all of the Omaha Salvation Army sites. Josh the Otter was welcomed with smiling faces and hugs at each site as he helped educate the children about the importance of water safety. The Salvation Army Kroc Center serves a large minority population and the Float4Life program will help combat the staggering drowning statistics that occur amongst minorities.

The CDC reports the following drowning statistics for minorities in the United States:

*Between 2000 and 2007, the fatal unintentional drowning rate for African Americans across all ages was 1.3 times that of whites. For American Indians and Alaskan Natives, this rate was 1.7 times that of whites.

*Rates of fatal drowning are notably higher among these populations in certain age groups. The fatal drowning rate of African American children ages 5 to 14 is 3.1 times that of white children in the same age range. For American Indian and Alaskan Native children, the fatal drowning rate is 2.3 times higher than for white children.

*Factors such as the physical environment (e.g., access to swimming pools) and a combination of social and cultural issues (e.g., wanting to learn how to swim, and choosing recreational water-related activities) may contribute to the racial differences in drowning rates. Current rates are based on population, and not on participation. If rates could be determined by actual participation in water-related activities, disparity in minorities drowning rates compared to whites would be much greater.4

To learn more about the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Omaha, please visit:

Foundation Earns National Awards for Water Safety! Posted by Blake Collingsworth on 03/08/2012


Foundation Earns National Awards for Water Safety!

Posted by Blake Collingsworth on 03/08/2012


Media Contact:
Laura Thomas
(c) 402-297-4126
(f) 402-420-2862
(bc) 1-402-613-5555

Partners in Drowning Prevention

San Diego, CA — On March 9th, 2012 the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation (JCMF) received the 2012 Community Lifesaving Award from the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) at the 11th Annual NDPA Symposium attended by over 200 Aquatics and Child Safety professionals from around the world. Earlier this week the Foundation was presented the National Water Safety Congress 2012 Regional Award for their ongoing efforts to promote water safety awareness throughout the United States. And on March 6th, while attending the annual International Boating and Water Safety Summit, the JCMF proudly partnered with the United States Coast Guard and the National Water Safety Congress with the signing of two Memorandum agreements to enhance the ongoing efforts to reduce drowning throughout the world.

Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation, Lincoln, Nebraska
Parents Blake and Kathy Collingsworth honor the memory of their two-year-old son Joshua, who died on June 4, 2008 after falling into the family pool three days earlier. They believed they had every safety precaution in place, but the reality is that a drowning can occur in mere moments. After losing Joshua, they felt compelled to help reduce the dramatic numbers of deaths by drowning that occur in our country and around the world. The Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation was created in July of 2008 to serve as a catalyst to strengthen water safety awareness and create an early childhood educational program. Their goal is to empower children to be safe in and around ALL bodies of water to prevent similar tragedies. The Josh the Otter Water Safety and Awareness Project is dedicated to teaching young children about water safety through the use of Josh the Baby Otter a book written by Blake, which was recently translated into Spanish. Nearly 40,000 books will have been distributed by the awards luncheon. The program has been presented in classrooms, community centers, zoos, pools, and childcare facilities around the world.

“Josh The Baby Otter” was written as a fun and educational book to teach children to “stay away from water unless with an adult and to always swim with a buddy.” The book includes a sing along CD and an optional coloring book. To date, they have distributed thousands of copies of “Josh the Baby Otter” throughout the United States and Australia and in the fall of 2012 to Pakistan.

The foundation also started the program in Lincoln, NE called “Float 4 Life” and organization that teaches and promotes Infant and Toddler Water training courses. It started with the partnership of their local YMCA of Lincoln, NE and now has expanded to 17 other Y’s and is currently in place in the Salvation Army KROC Center of Omaha, NE, teaching underprivleged children the importance of the life skills to float on their back and reach for the side of the pools edge. To date, they have taught over 2,000 infants and toddlers these life saving skills. We are now outreaching several of teaching facilities with the goal of Joshua’s Foundtion to expand, support, and promote these types of programs around the country.

1.2 Million people around the world die by drowning every year, that is more than two persons per minute. (International Life Saving Federation, 2010)

Drowning is preventable. Lets not make a tragedy neccasary to alert people to consider water safety and awareness.

Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation is a qualified IRS 501 (c)(3) orginization

News Archives JCMF has Sposored Aquatic Safety Expert Dr. Frank Pia to be Keynote Speaker Laura Thomas on 10/26/2011

News Archives

JCMF has Sposored Aquatic Safety Expert Dr. Frank Pia to be Keynote Speaker

Laura Thomas on 10/26/2011

We are so honored to sponsor leading aquatic safety expert Dr. Frank Pia as a keynote speaker for the 2011 Upper Midwest Regional Pediatric Conference this Friday in Sioux City, NE. We hope that the pediatricians attending the conference will realize the importance of early childhood water safety education as well as infant and toddler water training courses. Board member Dr. Edward Truemper, who is a chair of the conference was instrumental in helping bring Dr. Frank Pia to Nebraska. The foundation team met Dr. Pia at the 2010 National Drowning Prevention Alliance Symposium in Pittsburgh. PLEASE watch this short clip on his explanation of the Instinctive Drowning Response. It could help you save a life!

Partnerships for Water Safety–Together We Can Save Lives! Laura Thomas on 07/18/2011

Partnerships for Water Safety–Together We Can Save Lives!

Laura Thomas on 07/18/2011

The Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation has always remained open armed to all those who want to help in our water safety efforts. We believe that collaboration is key in spreading awareness to drowning prevention and water safety to as many children and adults as possible. From individuals, to families, to nonprofits, for profit businesses, civic organizations, churches, day cares, schools, community centers, universities, parks and recreation–we have had the pleasure of working with many people to impact our communities with drowning prevention awareness campaigns & water safety educational programs.

With a strong partnership with Rotary International, thousands of children have been taught water safety education with Josh the Otter. Currently, we have Rotary clubs in six states already committed to the program for next Spring-Washington, Louisiana, New Jersey, Nebraska, Florida, Arizona & California. Many more are interested in our program & seeking more information. The Rotarians’ enthusiasm and dedication to our program is humbling & inspirational.

Furthermore, we are partnering with YMCAs locally and around the country to promote infant & toddler water training courses. Our local Lincoln YMCA Float 4 Life program has reached over 900 children in the last two years with these life saving skills. The YMCAs in Omaha have currently joined on board & many more YMCAs are working with us to learn about our program. The Salvation Army, along with its Kroc Center, has teamed up with us to build their own Float 4 Life program & also distribute our Josh the Otter Water Safety educational materials to the children they serve. Over 16,000 Josh the Otter Activity sheets will be put into backpacks that will be distributed to children as the 2011-2012 school year commences in Omaha.

Sponsorships are also playing a very significant role for our foundation as well. With our goal to provide free water safety educational materials to children across the country and world, we have a great need for local businesses helping in these efforts. Currently, we have many local business sponsors that have really been great supporters for our cause. From our wonderful event sponsors, such as Lexus of Lincoln, to one of our new sponsors, Advanced Aesthetics, who is donating $500 of tuition from each of their new enrollees this month, we are able to expand our capacity building efforts. Crazy Cracker Fireworks donated $8,000.00 of its profits to the foundation from its Millard fireworks stand. The money will be spent locally reaching children in the Omaha Metro with the Josh the Otter program and materials. In Lincoln, Ne, owners of Active Life Family Chiropractic viewed our billboard & contacted us to let us know they have chosen us to be their sponsored nonprofit for the year. Each of these wonderful organizations will help us reach thousands of children to teach them a lesson that could ultimately save their life.

With wonderful local, regional and national partnerships, we are able to see a strong community of activists fighting to keep children safe in and around water. As drowning remains a leading cause of unintentional injury death for children and adults around the world, we will remain absolutely committed to creating positive changes towards water safety & with the help of our amazing friends–we will move even faster towards our vision!

Infant Swimming Resource in Brevard County, FL Partners with Josh the Otter! Posted by Blake Collingsworth on 04/28/2011

Infant Swimming Resource in Brevard County, FL Partners with Josh the Otter!

Posted by Blake Collingsworth on 04/28/2011

Infant Swimming Resource Announces Two Water Safety Events to Raise Awareness for Drowning Prevention in Brevard County for Water Safety Month

Second Annual Not One More Child Drowns 5K, Walk & Water Safety Day, and Inaugural Water Safety & Fun Day to take place in May

Brevard County, FL – April 28, 2011 – Infant Swimming Resource (ISR,, the safest provider of survival swimming lessons for children from six months to six years old, today announced that its Brevard County Instructors will be hosting its second annual “Not One More Child Drowns 5K, Walk & Water Safety Day” at the Wickham Park Amphitheater on Saturday, May 14th, and its first Water Safety and Fun Day at Cocoa Beach Aquatics Center on Saturday, May 1st.
The 5K, walk and water safety day aim to raise awareness and educate families in Brevard County about water safety and drowning prevention and raise funds for a scholarship program for families in need of swim lessons.
Water Safety & Fun Day at Cocoa Beach Aquatics Center
Sponsored by the Brevard County ISR Instructors, the City of Cocoa Beach and the American Red Cross, this fun filled day will have water safety stations including information from the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Pool Safely campaign,, a visit from Josh the Otter from the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation,, water games for all ages, Paddleboard demonstrations and raffle prizes including free ISR survival swimming lessons. All proceeds for this event provide swimming lesson scholarships for all those in need.

When: Sunday, May 1st
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EDT
Where: Cocoa Beach Aquatics Center

Not One More Child Drowns – 5K, Walk & Water Safety Day
The second annual Not One More Child Drowns 5K, Walk and Water Safety Day will take place on Saturday, May 14, at the Wickham Park Amphitheater in Melbourne, FL.

Hosted by the Brevard County ISR Instructors, race day registration starts at 6:00 a.m. and the race will begin at 7:30 a.m. ET.

If would rather walk for Water Safety Awareness, the walk starts at 9:00 a.m. The Water Safety Day will then begin, and continue until 11:00 a.m. It will include water safety information for parents; face painting, bounce houses, snow cones and much more for your family. Brevard County ISR instructors will be raffling off a grand prize of 6 weeks of ISR lessons, as well as other great raffle prizes from various local supporting businesses.

To pre-register for the 5K and Walk please visit – or

When: Saturday, May 14th
Time: 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EDT
Where: Wickham Park Amphitheater, Melbourne, FL

Contact for May 14th Event:
Carmen Glasser
Certified Infant Swimming Resource Instructor

Contact for May 1st Event:
Rebecca Pletcher
Certified ISR Instructor

About Infant Swimming Resource
Founded in 1966, Infant Swimming Resource (ISR), with its Self-Rescue™ program, is nationally recognized as the safest provider of survival swimming lessons for infants and young children. With a primary focus on safety and effectiveness, and as the world’s leading behavioral science based instruction program, ISR is the only choice for parents who are dedicated to their child’s safety, education and developmental needs. ISR’s worldwide network of highly qualified, certified Instructors has successfully delivered over 7 million safe lessons to infants and young children, which have resulted in our record of nearly 800 documented cases of children utilizing ISR’s survival techniques to save their own lives. For more information on ISR, water and swim safety or to find an instructor in your area, please visit


Media Contact:
Melody Callaway
Infant Swimming Resource