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BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF SPRINGFIELD INTRODUCES WAVE TO HELP KEEP KIDS SAFER IN POOLS.


Springfield, Ma. - The device looks like a simple headband – but it has a superpower – it can help save someone you love from drowning.  The Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield is now teaming up with WAVE Drowning Detection Systems to help keep swimmers safer. 


Even though the Boys and Girls Clubs aquatics facilities have dedicated and vigilant staff watching over swimmers the risk of drowning is always present. The WAVE system provides another layer of security as an extra precaution because safety is BGC’s highest priority. 

The WAVE system relies on lightweight, comfortable headsets worn by swimmers. The headsets communicate wirelessly with the system twice every second, and enable WAVE to accurately determine how long the swimmer has been under water. If submerged for longer than 20+ seconds, wearables (bracelets and pendants) worn by lifeguards begin to vibrate to make them aware that a swimmer may be in trouble. If the swimmer stays under water the system will alert using audio-visual alarms. Alerting lifeguards within this time dramatically decreases the chances of drowning and makes swimming safer. 


“It is 2023. We have the technology that can greatly reduce the chance of a drowning impacting any family,” said WAVE Co-Founder & CEO Mark Caron. “Aquatics directors across the country have told us WAVE is changing the way their lifeguards behave. They’re more focused because the system makes their job more interesting.”


WAVE products are designed to supplement, not replace, vigilant human supervision.

ABOUT THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF SPRINGFIELD



ABOUT WAVE DROWNING PREVENTION SYSTEMS

Co-founders Mark Caron and Dave Cutler founded WAVE after a tragedy at a town park where Dave lived. A nine-year-old boy drowned despite five lifeguards and six camp counselors watching the water that day. After learning that drowning is all too common and that most are preventable, Mark and Dave, assembled a dedicated team of water safety experts, aquatic professionals, engineers, and designers and set out to create a reliable, simple to use, and affordable drowning detection system. The result of their collective efforts is WAVE, and it will change aquatic safety forever.


WAVE is based in Norwalk, Connecticut.


FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WAVE DROWNING DETECTION SYSTEMS VISIT: 

DROWNING STATISTICS

Drowning is the #1 cause of accidental injury-related death for children under the age of five.  It is the #2 cause for ages 1-14. The CDC says in swimming pools, Black children ages 10-14 years drown at rates 7.6 times higher than White children.  


BGC MEDIA CONTACT:

Colleen Large

Director of Special Events & Marketing

Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield

413-732-7201


WAVE MEDIA CONTACT:

Nicole Papageorge Paff

WAVE Drowning Detection Systems

(m) 603-591-8288


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