Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) October 11, 2013
SEAL Innovation, creator of SEAL SwimSafe™ swim monitor and drowning detection system, is pleased to announce its partnership with Cullen Jones, an Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer and drowning prevention advocate who experienced a near drowning as a child before enrolling in swimming lessons.
SEAL Innovation and Jones will work together in launching SEAL SwimSafe™ to augment and support parental/lifeguard vigilance, learning to swim, facility safety and drowning prevention. The main focus of the collaboration will be to reduce the number of injuries and drowning, which kills 380,000 people globally per year. Drowning is the #1 cause of accidental death of children under 5 and the #2 cause of accidental death of all children in the United States.
"SEAL SwimSafe is the product that the swimming community has been waiting for to reduce fear, improve the swimming experience, and minimize drowning," said Jones.
Complementing his work with SEAL Innovation, Jones is also the National Spokesperson for USA Swimming Foundation's Make A Splash, a national learn to swim program. He also founded The Cullen Jones Diversity Invitational (CJDI), an annual swim competition to drive awareness and the growth of swimming within minority communities.
"SEAL Innovation is proud to be partnered with an athlete and role model with the integrity, work ethic and capability of Cullen Jones who has become the leading advocate for water safety initiatives,” said Dr. Graham Snyder, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SEAL Innovation.
To mark the beginning of the relationship, SEAL Innovation will be onsite in support of The Cullen Jones Diversity Invitational and participate in the coaches social on Saturday, October 12, 2013, in Charlotte, NC.
About SEAL SwimSafe™
SEAL SwimSafe™ wirelessly communicates status reports from flexible SEALBands worn by swimmers to a central, compact, and portable hub. It also relays the status to similar bands optionally worn by parents, lifeguards, and other guardians. If a swimmer remains under water beyond their breath-holding capacity, SEAL SwimSafe™ triggers a series of high-intensity visual, audible, and vibrating alarms on all devices that alert guardians to the need for an intervention and help immediately locate the swimmer. While not required for standard operation, SEAL SwimSafe™ also interfaces with desktop and mobile devices for advanced configuration of alarms and notifications, as well as access to sophisticated analytics.
For owners of commercial aquatic facilities (e.g., pools, water parks, camps), and residential pools, as well as for swimmers and their guardians, SEAL SwimSafe™ helps overcome fear, common distractions, and everyday challenges of ensuring swimmer safety. Residential pool and commercial facility owners can lower insurance premiums and reduce the risk of devastating personal and professional loss, lawsuits, liabilities, and loss of membership that usually result from serious water safety incidents. Finally, commercial aquatic facilities can create competitive advantage through offering the next level of safety in their learn-to-swim, open, and competitive swimming programs.
Prior to general availability in 2014, consumers and commercial aquatic facilities are becoming Charter Adopters, the first to receive the SEAL SwimSafe™ with special perks. For more information on becoming a Charter Adopter, visit http://www.swimsealsafe.com/nextlevel.
Cullen Jones' Biography
Birthday: February 29, 1984
Hometown: New Brunswick, NJ
Residence: Charlotte, NC
Cullen Jones was born in the Bronx borough of New York City. He relocated together with his family to Irvington, N.J. as a boy. At age five he almost drowned at a water park in Pennsylvania. Following the near-death encounter, his mother enrolled him in swim lessons for safety, which led to him excelling and becoming the renowned competitor and drowning prevention advocate he is today.
Cullen earned a scholarship to North Carolina State University where he would be a four-time ACC Champion as well as an NCAA National Winner in 2006. Also in 2006, he went professional and swam the 50m freestyle in 21.84 seconds at the Pan Pacific Championships, setting a meet record. In the trials for the 2008 Olympics, he set an American record in the 50m freestyle. Cullen qualified for the 4x100m relay team, and in Beijing, he swam the 3rd leg of the spectacular come-from-behind race. This would cement his place in Olympic history by being only the second African American to win swimming gold and by being part of the world record-breaking relay team. In July 2009, he yet again established an American record in the 50m, and his awesome time of 21.40 seconds still holds as the best in U.S. history. In the 2012 London Olympic Games, Cullen added to his 2008 relay Gold from Beijing with a Gold medal and 2 Silver medals, including an individual Silver medal in his specialty, the 50m Freestyle.
Cullen Jones Career Highlights:
2012 Olympic Gold Medalist: Men's 4 × 100m Medley Relay
2012 Olympic Silver Medalist: Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay
2012 Olympic Silver Medalist: Individual Men’s 50m Freestyle
2009 5th Place World Championship (50m Freestyle)
2009 American Record: 50m Individual Men's Freestyle 21.40
2008 Olympic Gold Medalist: Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay (WR)
2007 World Champion (4x100m Freestyle Relay)
2006 Fastest Swimmer in the World (50m Freestyle)
First African-American to break a swimming World Record
First African-American to win a Gold Medal at the World University Games
Pan Pacific Games Gold Medalist
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