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Scholarship - Live Like Jake Foundation | Raising Awareness for Drowning Prevention

Live Like Jake Scholarship

The Foundation’s main mission is to promote childhood drowning awareness and water safety. In order to accomplish this, we encourage Infant Swim Resource (ISR) Self-Rescue® technique swim lessons. We try to help minimize the costs of the lessons for those in financial need by granting scholarships nationwide. Please note that these scholarships are limited to families that truly can’t afford them. The instructors graciously reduce their tuition by 50% or more and it is only fair to them that the families granted scholarships are in financial need. So we ask that before you complete the application below that you take a close look at your budget and see if there are things/services/memberships that you can sacrifice for 6 weeks in order to pay for these lessons. If you are still unable to afford these lessons please fill out the application below and be sure to upload the required documentation. We will not be able to review your application without ALL of the required documentation.

We ask that if you have not spoken with your local ISR instructor that you first visit the website and find the closest instructor that can accommodate your schedule. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST LET THE ISR INSTRUCTOR KNOW THAT YOU ARE APPLYING FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP BEFORE SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION.

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Each year, about 4,000 people drown in the United States; drowning kills more children 1-4 years of age than anything else except birth defects. Among children 1-14, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death (after motor vehicle crashes). More than half of those who are treated in an emergency department for drowning require hospitalization or transfer for further care (compared with about 6% of all unintentional injuries). A person who survives drowning may suffer lasting consequences like brain damage. {Information obtained from the (CDC) Centers of Disease Control and Prevention May 15,2014}

Founded in 1966 by Dr. Harvey Barnett, ISR is now the global leader in the industry it pioneered: survival swimming lessons for infants and young children. Infant Swimming Survival Lessons combined with pool fences, supervision, and pool alarms are important parts of a necessary multi-layered approach to drowning prevention. However, traditional lines of defense break down, and the over 4,000 drowning deaths per year bear a grim testament to the fact that traditional approaches are missing a key component: the child. ISR’s core conviction is that the child is the most important part of a drowning prevention strategy and our over 260,000 ISR graduates and 800 documented survival stories are proof that children can save themselves. Children are curious, capable, and have an uncanny ability to overcome obstacles like pool fences; at ISR we take that ability and teach them skills to potentially save themselves if they find themselves in the water alone.

The Live Like Jake Foundation was created to raise awareness for drowning prevention and provide swim lesson scholarships to those who cannot afford them as well as provide financial and emotional support to families who have lost a loved one or have a child with critical care needs. Your donation will be help greatly in reducing the statistics of injuries and fatalities and is much needed. Thank you for any support you can offer.

5 Important Keys To Water Safety

  • Effective Supervision

    The most critical line of defense is adult supervision. No level of aquatic skill can replace active supervision. If your child is ever missing, look in the water first.

  • Pool Fences

    Install a permanent 4-sided fence with self-locking gates. Ensure that the pool fence is at least 3-5 feet from the pool edge.

  • Alarms

    Make sure all doors and windows leading to the pool are locked and alarmed.

  • Survival Swimming Lessons

    A moment’s inattention does not have to cost a child his life. ISR’s Self-Rescue® training is an added layer of protection, teaching your child water survival skills in a completely safe environment.

  • CPR

    If an emergency happens, it is essential parents and families are prepared. Learn to perform CPR on children and adults and remember to update those skills regularly.