Water is in my DNA

My name is Sequoia and I have a passion for water safety. With a swim-instructor Mom, I started swimming before I could actually walk. I’ve participated on competitive swim teams, assisted in coaching disabled swimmers at Shriner’s Hospital for Children, and am a current swim instructor and certified lifeguard. I have always loved the water, swimming, and helping others learn to swim, however, my passion evolved into a MISSION, when I learned of a local swim-team member who recently lost her life in a swimming pool accident.

I started this blog as a reminder that we can never be TOO safe in or near the water, and that we can never take the water for granted. I’m hoping to inspire others who have a passion for water safety to share their ideas, tips, tricks, and inspirational stories to make the water an oasis of good health and good fun.


1. Always wear coast guard approved life jackets that are specific to the weight and size of the swimmer in open water and on boats.

2. Don’t swim alone, especially in open water and with limited swimming ability.

3. Don’t become a victim yourself; never jump into a body of water to save someone without competent swimming skills. If you witness someone struggling in water and do not have sufficient swimming skills, call 911. Then, look for a flotation device to throw them or find something you can use to pull them in.

4. Never dive headfirst into a body of water where the bottom is not visible.

5. Beware of water temperature; water that is too cold can initiate a state of shock.

6. Be aware of water hazards where you will be swimming. For example, submerged rocks and branches, currents, boats, aquatic creatures, and water temperature.

7. Never assume that a backyard swimming pool is safe because it has a cover. Pool covers can be breached if a person attempts to walk or stand on one. If a person slips beneath a pool cover, they may become trapped under the weight of the cover and drown.

8. A water-filled container as small as a bucket can be fatal to a child. Never leave a child unattended for any length of time around any sources of water. (More on child water safety in future blog posts).

9. Know your own abilities. Never overestimate your swimming abilities when it comes to distance or difficulty.

10. Be sure to heed all signage and posted warnings related to water hazards. This can include tides, weather conditions, and the absence of lifeguards.

If you have your own stories and experiences with water safety, or if you have questions or topics for discussion, please feel free to post here.

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