Flashpoint – Child swimming safety


STILL UNCLEAR OF THE CAUSE. IN ORANGE COUNTY, JENNIFER ORTEGA, NEWS 6. LAUREN: IT’S TIME FOR ANOTHER INSTALLMENT OF FLASHPOINT. THIS WEEK NEWS ANCHOR ERIK VON ANCKEN SITS DOWN WITH LOCAL POOL BUILDER TONY CAEROUSO AND GAINS TO TALK ABOUT POOL SAFETY. GOOD MORNING TO YOU. I’M ERIK VON ANCKEN. ONE OF THE REASONS WE LIVE IN FLORIDA, OF COURSE, IS BECAUSE WE’RE PRIVILEGED TO ENJOY OUR POOLS PRACTICALLY YEAR ROUND. WE CAN SWIM ALMOST ANY TIME OF THE YEAR. AND AS WEATHER REALLY STARTS TO HEAT UP THESE COMING MONTH, THE CENTRAL FLORIDA CHAPTER IS GETTING POOLS AND SWIMMERS READY FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON. THIS IS THE OWNER OF THE TC WATER FEATURES WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE FLORIDA SPA AND POOL ASSOCIATION IN THE CENTRAL FLORIDA CHAPTER. GAINS IS AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST AND 3 TIME HALLOFFAMER AND THE VW OF THE AQUATICS. WELCOME TO YOU BOTH. AND TELL US ABOUT THE SFPA. THIS IS THE TRADE ORGANIZATION AND BASICALLY MADE OF SWIMMING POOL CONTRACTOR SERVICE PROVIDERS AND OLE SARCOMPANIES AND A CONGLOMERATION OF MEMBERS THAT CREATES AN ORGANIZATION THAT DOES GOOD FOR THE SWIMMING POOL INDUSTRY. WHAT WE DO IS WE AS MEMBERS BRING IT TO THE ASSOCIATION AND BENEFITS FOR THE BOTTOM LINE AS WE IMPROVE SAFETY AND SWIMMING IN FLORIDA AND MAKE EVERYONE AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE. REPORTER: BACK IN JANUARY I WAS HOSTING THIS BANQUET THAT YOU GUYS DO EVERY YEAR, BUT IT WAS A SPECIAL NIGHT FOR YOU IN PARTICULAR BECAUSE YOU WERE INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME. THIS IS A BIG DEAL. IT’S HUGE! I WAS HONORED TO HAVE YOU THERE AS THE EMCEE AND BLESSED AND HONORED TO DO THAT. BUT BEING INDUCTED IN THE HALL OF FAME IS AN HONOR. IT’S NOT A PRIVILEGE. IT’S AN HONOR. WHAT I’M HONORED ABOUT IS MY PEERS ARE THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED ME INTO THE HALL OF FAME AND AND BEEN IN THE INDUSTRY SINCE 1992. I’M ON THE STATE BOARD AS WELL AS THE LOCAL CHAPTER AND WHAT IT ENTAIL SYSTEM YEARS AND YEARS OF GOOD SERVICE GETTING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE INDUSTRY. WHICH IN TURN MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLES LIVES. REPORTER: FULL DISCLOSURE HERE. YOU BUILT MY POOL. YOU HAVE A RADIO SHOW SATURDAY AFTERNOONS AND THROUGH THIS SHOW AND WORKING WITH YOU, I HAVE LEARNED WHAT THE FSPA DOES AND WHAT YOU DO AND HOW YOU CARE. YOU BUILD POOLS FOR PEOPLE AND IT IS ABOUT PROTECTING PEOPLE IN THESE POOLS. AND I’M THE HOST OF POOL FANATIC AND OPEN IT EVERY SATURDAY EVENING WITH WHO IS WATCHING THE CHILDREN? AND THAT’S HUGE. WE THINK ABOUT CHILDREN AND THEY’RE PRECIOUS. THEY’RE NOT REPLACEABLE. SO I ALWAYS TEASE ROB, THE GENTLEMAN ON THE RADIO ABOUT GIVE YOUR WATTET AND YOU CANNOT REPLACE YOUR CHILD AND THERE’S NO EXCUSE FOR COMPLACENCY. YOU HAVE TO ALWAYS KNOW WHO YOUR CHILD IS AT ALL TIMES BECAUSE TRAUMATIZING THE CHILD FOR WHATEVER REASON IS LIKE CHANGING. SO BY PROMOTING CHILDREN SAFETY IN ALL ASPECTS, NOT JUST IN THE SWIMMING POOL OF EVERYDAY LIFE. THE STORE AND CONVENIENCE STORES AND LOCATIONS AND AMUSEMENT PARKS. POOLS, BATH TUBS AND I CAN GO ON AND ON ABOUT STATISTICS BUT WHO’S WATCHING THE CHILDREN? SOMEONE HAS TO ALWAYS BE RESPONSIBLE FOR WATCHING THAT CHILD. REPORTER: AND BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED AT THIS EVENT THIS NIGHT IN JANUARY I WAS PART OF. YOU GAVE THE YMCA $10,000 TO TEACH KIDS TO SWIM. ? AND WE COME TO THE NEXT BOARD MEETING AND THEY SAY LET’S GO BACK TO THE Y WITH IT AND DOUBLE IT AND DOUBLE THAT CONTRIBUTION THAT OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SAID WHY NOT MAKE IT A GOLD MEMBER? WE DID. IT WAS A UNANIMOUS VOTE. WE RAISE THAT DONATION TO $10,000. I WAS JUST A PERSON HONORED TO BE THE PRESENTER OF THAT CHECK AND I WAS BLESSED TO, ONE, MEET AN AMAZING INDIVIDUAL AND PRESENTED $10,000 CHECK THAT’S GOING TO GO DIRECTLY TO SWIMMING LESSONS HERE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA YMCAS. SO BY DOING SO I KNOW WE’LL MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND THAT IS GOING TO BE A LIFE CHANGER FOR PEOPLE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA. REPORTER: AND EVERYBODY WANTS TO HEAR FROM ROWDY. WHEN WE COME BACK WE’LL TALK ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THIS CHECK. WHAT IT’S GOING TO DO. AND AGAIN, ABOUT THE FSPA’S RECENT DONATION TO THE YMCA AND THE IMPORTANCE OF SWIM SAFETY. WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK. REPORTER: WELCOME BACK. I’M ERIK VON ANCKEN. WE’RE HERE WITH TONY CAEROUSO, OWNER OF WATER FEATURES AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SFFPA AND THE CENTRAL FLORIDA CHAPTER AND THE OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST. ROWDY, YOU’RE HERE BECAUSE YOU’RE ALSO VP OF AQUATICS AT THE YMCA. YOU GOT $10,000 FROM TONY CAEROUSO AND THE ORGANIZATION HE REPRESENTS AND THE FLORIDA SPA AND POOL ASSOCIATION TO TEACH KIDS HOW TO SWIM. TELL ME WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT AND WHAT THIS MONEY IS GOING TO DO? ERIC, TONY, WE LIVE IN FLORIDA. THIS IS AN ENVIRONMENT THAT IS SO CONDUCIVE AND PART OF THAT TRADITION IN THE HISTORY OF OUR STATE IS WATER. IT’S PART OF THE FABRIC OF OUR COMMUNITY AND IF WE LIVED IN MONTANA WE WOULDN’T BE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION BUT SWIMMING AND LEARNING TO SWIM IS SO CRITICAL TO SURVIVAL IN THIS STATE AND FORTUNATELY THROUGH THE SFPA AND SO MANY OTHER GREAT PARTNERS, WE’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO TEACH KIDS AND THE MEANING OF WHAT SWIM LESSONS ARE ALL ABOUT. DROWN SUGGEST AN EPIDEMIC IN THE COUNTRY. IT HAPPENS EVERY DAY. 10 PEOPLE DROWN IN OUR COUNTRY EVERY DAY AND IT’S A SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF ACCIDENTAL DEATH IN CHILDREN 14 YEARS OF AGE AND YOUNGER. IT’S THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH AND ACCIDENTAL DEATH IN FLORIDA SO IT’S IMPORTANT TO LEARN HOW TO SWIM AND WE’RE TALKING ABOUT IT OFF CAMERA AND THE FACT WE FOUND THE CURE. THERE’S A CURE. AND THE CURE IS SWIM LESSONS. IT’S TWO WORDS. VERY SIMPLE. SWIM LESSONS. SO THE YMCA THROUGH OUR 32 POOLS I THINK IN OUR ASSOCIATION AND WE’LL BE ABLE TO DO THAT THE LAST WEEK OF APRIL THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA CHAPTER OF SFPA AND WE’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO EACH YOU HOW TO SWIM. YOU SAID THAT AT THE BANQUET AND WE HAVE THE ANSWER. WE HAVE THE ANSWER. WHAT PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE, GUYS, DON’T KNOW HOW TO SWIM AND HOW MANY LESSONS, ROWDY, IS THIS FOR YOU GOING TO FUND? OUR GOAL IS $10,000 KIDS. WE HAVE ENOUGH POOLS AND WE HAVE ENOUGH BODIES TEACHING THOSE CHILDREN HOW TO BE SAFER IN THE WATER. LET ME BE CLEAR, THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS BEING COMPLETELY SAFE IN THE WATER. NO MATTER HOW SAFE, I’M NOT COMPLETELY SAFE IN THE WATER BUT YOU CAN BE SAFER IN THE WATER THROUGH SWIM LESSONS BUT OUR GOAL IS 10,000 KIDS. WE’LL HAVE LESSONS MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY, EVERY DAY AFTER SCHOOL. THE WEEK OF? THE WEEK OF APRIL 2528, THANK YOU. 2528. THE 29TH IS GOING TO BE SORT OF A CELEBRATION. THE 30TH OF APRIL IS HEALTHY KIDS DAY AND SORT OF A CELEBRATION OF CHILDREN ALL WEEK. AND IF YOU’RE A MEMBER OR NOT A MEMBER? YOU JUST SHOW UP. NOW IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR YOU TO CALL ANY YMCA. YOUR CLOSEST Y AND REGISTER, BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER. WE’RE NOT GOING TO TURN ANYBODY AWAY AND THOSE 4 DAYS ARE GOING TO TEACH KIDS THE MEANING OF WATER SAFETY. AND WE’LL TEACH THEM HOW TO SWIM AND EVEN COMPLETELY HOW TO BE SAFE IN THE WATER AND WE ARE GOING TO TEACH THEM SOME BASIC BOTTOM LINE LESSONS HOW TO BE SAFE IN THE WATER AND THAT’S SO IMPORTANT TO TONY AND HIS ORGANIZATION. AND THE CLARITY OF TRYING TO BE SAFER. WE SHOULD POINT THIS OUT. YOU KNOW THIS, ROWDY, AS A PRO, YOU CAN’T TEACH YOURSELF TO SWIM AND IT’S TOUGHER TO TEACH MOM AND DADS TO SWIM. YOU NEED SOME HELP. I THINK THAT TO HAVE THAT PROFESSIONAL WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY’RE DOING IS IMPORTANT. IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER AS LONG AS YOU’RE VIGILANT ON KEEPING AN EYE ON YOUR CHILD, THOUGH. THAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. AND TONY BROUGHT IT UP IN THE LAST SESSION WAS THE FACT THAT THE PARENT IS THAT FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE. THEY HAVE TO BE THAT PERSON THAT KNOWS MORE THAN ANYBODY ELSE INCLUDING THE LESSON PROVIDER AND WE WANT TO TRY TO PROVIDE THAT SAFETY AT THE YMCA WHICH IS WHAT WE’RE ALL ABOUT BUT IN THE END IT IS REALLY ALL ABOUT THE PARENT. I HAVE DONE SOME AWFUL STORIES ON DROWNINGS. HORRENDOUS! REPORTER: AND SO MANY OF THESE COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED. ALL OF THEM COULD BE. ABSOLUTELY. THERE’S NOT ONE THAT CAN’T BE PREVENTED. THAT’S WHAT DRIVES ME CRAZY IS THE FACT THAT WHEN I READ, I GET A GOOGLE ALERT, ERYK, AND EVERY TIME A CHILD DROWNS, I GET GOOGLED. I GET AN EMAIL AND IT DRIVES ME CRAZY. IT REALLY UPSETS ME TO KNOW THAT HAS TO HAPPEN AND THAT WE’VE SOLVED THAT PROBLEM. REPORTER: WHAT PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE CAN’T SWIM? I BET YOU PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED BY THIS. REPORTER: 70% OF AFRICAN AMERICANS DON’T KNOW HOW TO SWIM. 60% OF HISPANIC CHILDREN DON’T KNOW HOW TO SWIM. 40% OF CAUCASIAN CHILDREN DON’T KNOW HOW TO SWIM. IF YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO SWIM BY THE AGE OF 12, MOST LIKELY YOU’LL NEVER KNOW SO IT’S IMPORTANT TO GET THE MESSAGE OUT. ESPECIALLY IN THE COMMUNITIES WHERE THE DROWNING RATE IS SO HIGH. AND ONE OF THE THINGS YOU’RE BORN TO SWIM. AND YOU SWAM FOR 9 MONTHS AND COMING BACK HERE AND TO START BREATHING IT’S TIME TO GET THE KIDS IN THE WATER. I ALWAYS SAY WHEN YOU LEARN HOW TO WALK YOU SHOULD LEARN HOW TO SWIM. IT’S THAT SIMPLE. ONCE YOU LEARN HOW TO WALK YOU END UP WALKING TO THE POOL AND AGAIN THAT POOL, THAT WATER BECOMES A MAGNET TO THAT CHILD AND A LOT OF TIMES PARENTS BECOME DISTRACTED. I CAN’T GET OVER COMPLACENCY. THE SOONER YOU GET A CHILD INTO SWIMMING LESSONS, THE HAPPY YOU’LL BE. THEY TRY TO PASS A LAW IN SOUTH FLORIDA BEFORE YOU HAD A POOL BUILT YOU HAD TO LEARN HOW TO SWIM. THAT DIDN’T FLY. IT WASN’T GOING TO FLY. AND THAT IS ASKING. WE’RE SURROUNDED BY 18 MILES OF SHORE AND 7700 AND 1.2 MILLION SWIMMING POOLS. WE HAVE A LOST WATER. AND HAVE WATER EVERYWHERE SO GETTING TO SWIM IS IMPORTANT. AND WE DON’T HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF TIME TO GO INTO THIS BUT THAT’S WHY YOU’RE SO BIG ON PROTECTING THE POOLS AND THE PERIMETER OF THE POOL AND EVERYBODY JUST WANDERS IN THERE AND ENDS UP IN THE POOL. WE HAVE TIME FOR YOU TO TALK ABOUT THE WORLD’S LARGEST SWIM LISSON. THIS IS ALSO BIG. NOT UNTIL JUNE, RIGHT? JUNE 24TH. 24TH. IS FRIDAY AND THE LARGEST SWIM LESSON AND TAKE PART AND ACTUALLY BREAK A GENESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORD AND OFFICIALLY BE THERE. I HOSTED AQUATICA BUT IT’S ALL OVER CENTRAL FLORIDA AND ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. IT’S REALLY COOL. AND ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST SWIM LESSONS. AND OUR LOCAL CHAPTER IS FULLY INVOLVED IN IT. WE COME OUT THERE. WILL BE INVOLVED IN THE CITIES. WE HAVE WATER BADGES. WHO IS WATCHING THE KIDS? I’M NOT LONGER WATCHING YOU. I’LL GIVE YOU THE WATER BADGE AND YOU WATCH THE KIDS. IT’S MY TIME OUT TO LET YOU KNOW YOU’RE NOW RESPONSIBLE. ONE OF THE QUICK THINGS, ERIC, LAST YEAR AT THE WORLD’S LARGEST AND WOMEN OVER HERE READING BOOKS. THEY’RE NOT WATCHING THE KIDS LEARN HOW TO SWIM. OR DOING WHAT? OR DOING WHAT? AND LOOK I’M GUILTY OF IT, TOO. THAT’S THE WORST. I HAVE 4 DAUGHTERS, DUDE! I’VE GOT TWO GRANDAUGHTERS AND I’M GUILTY OF IT, TOO. BUT THAT PARENT HAS TO BE THAT FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE. I THINK THAT’S THE MESSAGE WE WANT TO PRESENT MORE THAN ANYTHING. MORE THAN THE SAFETY AROUND THE WATER THE LAST WEEK OF APRIL. ANYTHING. PARENTS, PLEASE, PLEASE, I’M BEGGING YOU. YOU BE THAT FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE WHEN YOU’RE OUT THERE SWIMMING WITH YOUR CHILDREN. IF YOU’RE LETTING SOMEONE WATCH YOUR CHILD MAKE THAT THE BEST DECISION YOU EVER MADE. EVER MADE BECAUSE THAT IS A LIFECHANGING PERSON YOU’LL HAVE WATCH YOUR CHILD. REPORTER: SO APRIL 24TH, AGAIN THE WEEK OF LESSONS AT THE Y. ANYONE THAT WANTS TO TEACH THEIR KIDS AND HAVE THEIR KIDS LEARN HOW TO SWIM. APRIL 2528. MONDAYTHURSDAY IS DONE AFTER SCHOOL AND ANY Y IN THE ENTIRE ASSOCIATION. GOOGLE THAT AND THEY’LL HAVE ALL THE DIFFERENT Y’S CLOSE TO THE HOME. REPORTER: AWESOME! TONY, ROWDY, THANKS SO MUCH. IT’S SUCH GOOD INFORMATION. HOPE EVERYONE AT HOME TAKES ADVANTAGE. IT’S FREE! THAT’S WHAT THE WHOLE POINT IS. THANKS FOR SPENDING TIME WITH US. MORE NEWS AND WEATHER RIGHT AFTER THE BREAK.

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