PCMF USA Sponsors the 2019 Southern California Water Safety Summit

November 2018 - PCMF USA is pleased to be a sponsor of the  inaugural Southern California Water Safety Summit - a forum for collaboration on practices, programs, and policy that reduce drowning and aquatic injuries in our community to be held on March 6, 2019,  at the Marina Park Community Center in Newport Beach, CA.

The 2019 Southern California Water Safety Summit is a one-day conference aimed at building multi-sectoral partnership for drowning and aquatic injury prevention in Southern California.  The meeting is for anyone and everyone working to reduce the burden and occurrence of drowning events and aquatic injuries: non-profit organizations, family foundations, fire/rescue, lifeguards, physicians, nurses, paramedics, government officials, parks and recreation professionals, public health practitioners and researchers, injury prevention specialists, swim instructors, business owners, tourism experts, and anyone else with a passion for saving lives. 
The Summit agenda features two internationally recognized drowning prevention expert keynote speakers: Dr. Justin Sempsrott and Dr. Linda Quan.  Dr. Sempsrott is co-founder and executive director of Lifeguards Without Borders and will present on the practical aspects of drowning resuscitation including history, physiology, and treatment of fatal and non-fatal drowning.  Dr. Quan is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, served as the Chief of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Emergency Department for over 25 years, and is one of the world’s leading researchers in drowning resuscitation and prevention.  Dr. Quan’s talk will review the evidence base for drowning prevention interventions, identifying what works and why data is key to assessing a program or intervention’s effectiveness. 
Additionally, the day will feature presentations and moderated discussions on drowning data, water safety programs and interventions, open water drowning and injury prevention, communications and social media messaging for water safety, and coalition building for drowning and aquatic injury prevention.   The diverse group of presenters and participants represent over 20 different agencies from multiple counties and a variety of sectors. In accordance with the Summit mission statement, this event will be a collaborative forum aimed at building partnerships and advancing water safety practices programs, and policy, that save lives.
The 2019 Water Safety Summit is co-hosted by the Ben Carlson Memorial and Scholarship Foundation and Hoag Hospital’s Project Wipeout Program, and sponsored by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation USA and the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.  

Registration is free. Sign up online at