President, The Pool Safety Resource
SURVIVAL SWIMMING SKILLS INSTRUCTOR, RED CROSS CERTIFIED, WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTOR
Mr. Geoff visiting a daycare facility, talking to children between 3 and 5 years of age about pool safety.
DEAR PARENTS AND POOL OWNERS,
Swimming Pool Safety has been my passion since we moved to our own pool home in Longwood over 15 years ago. Like many parents, we purchased a mesh fence for our pool when our son Philip became mobile enough to get himself “into trouble”.
One afternoon as I was brushing the pool, Philip, at 14 months old decided to join me and before I knew it he had bumped up on the inside of the fence which toppled him into the water. I was there when he went in and was able to pull him out moments later – none the worse for his little “dive”. It was however the wake-up call we needed.
My wife Anna insisted that we enroll him in a Swim class right away. I have to admit that I was skeptical – but after just a few lessons we could already see amazing results – and what’s more, while on vacation he impressed all the parents in the pool with his swimming skills.
I was so impressed with his progress that I decided I would become a swim instructor myself and start to contribute to the solution. In the ten years I have been a swimming Instructor, I have taught over 1000 children to swim.
In 2005, I established the Pool Safety Resource so I could dedicate myself full time to the issues of pool safety – in the pool, teaching infants, in the community and supplying the products which could help prevent children ever reaching the water un-noticed.
In 2009, I certified as a RED CROSS WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTORand started to teach basic stroke lessons to small groups of children. Besides the basic stroke skills the Red Cross program instills a safety conscious attitude into parents AND children. Every year, before the swim season starts I visit daycare facilities in the area and talk to children between 3 and 5 years of age about pool safety – I typically reach out to over 600 children per year!
In 2010 I was selected by The Gift of Swimming to provide swim lessons to underprivileged children in Seminole county. www.thegiftofswimming.com In the same year I published my book “The Pool Safety Resource” to help more parents address their pool safety concerns.
I am a member of the Safe Kids coalitions in Seminole and Orange County, serving on their drowning prevention committees. I am proud to bring industry knowledge to these groups of first responders, health departments and other agencies. In 2011 we received a grant from Safe Kids USA to further our outreach to children and families in Orange County.
Each year I try to attend at least one industry trade show to catch up on the latest products and developments in the pool and spa industry. New materials and technologies are constantly being developed to make our pools ever more safer.
In 2014 I trained for “Certified Pool Operator” which will help me keep my own pool running smoothly and safely.
I know from experience that every security system has a weakness. There is no 100% failsafe system available but by layering the systems we use we are reducing the risks considerably. Please remember there is simply no substitute for consistent adult supervision when children are in or near water.
The Pool Safety Resource
107 Meadow Creek Cove
Longwood, FL 32750
Phone: (407) 834 9182