SEAL Innovation, Triangle Aquatic Center and iX3 Sports Announce an Exciting New Partnership to Advance Competitive Swimming and Aquatic Safety

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Organizations join forces to support aquatic safety and the 'SEAL Innovation Team' training at the Triangle Aquatic Center for the 2016 Olympics.

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SEAL Innovation, Triangle Aquatic Center and iX3 Sports are pleased to announce today that they have joined forces in a new partnership to promote swim safety, enjoyment and competition.

All three organizations care about aquatic safety, making a partnership a natural fit. To improve swim safety, SEAL Innovation (SEAL) created the SEAL SwimSafe™ for swimmers of all ages. If the system detects a swimmer in potential distress, the SEAL band worn by the swimmer immediately triggers a high intensity visible, audible and vibrating alarm so that rescue can begin quickly. This state-of-the-art system was designed for use as part of an overall aquatics safety plan to include parental and lifeguard vigilance; learning to swim; and facility safety measure implementation.

The Triangle Aquatic Center (TAC) in Cary, North Carolina builds and operates public aquatic facilities for the health, safety, recreation and competition needs of Triangle citizens and aquatic organizations. Born from a desire to nurture talented swimmers into world-class athletes, iX3 Sports (iX3) created and manages a professional swim team training to individually qualify for and compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Led by head coach John Payne, the team trains at TAC where Coach Payne also serves as senior director of coaching.

TAC, iX3 and SEAL actively will promote each other’s missions in diverse ways anticipated to evolve over time. SEAL will endorse the iX3 team as a sponsor and provide internship opportunities for its swimmers. iX3, its team members and TAC will promote SEAL’s aquatic safety goals including through personal appearances; promotional events; blogging and social media; and use of SEAL logos on team apparel.

The official partnership launch in May coincides with National Water Safety Awareness month. To kick off the partnership, all three organizations will support the USA Swimming Foundation’s ’31 Days of #MakeaSplash’ social media campaign in May to promote learn to swim and water safety.

To announce the new partnership and benefits to the triangle-area, iX3, TAC and SEAL will host an event for media representatives on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, North Carolina. An oppurtunity to observe, photograph and video the iX3 swim team during a short practice will begin at 9:00 A.M. followed by a briefing and Q&A beginning at 10:00 A.M.    

“Partnering with SEAL Innovation and TAC makes perfect sense to us and we are excited to get started,” said John Payne. “We share a commitment to fostering a passion for swimming, an essential ingredient in competitive swimmers. SEAL has created an outstanding product that not only can contribute to reducing preventable drowning, but can help reduce fear thereby encouraging more kids to take up swimming as a sport. The more kids that start swimming, the more with the potential to become elite athletes,” he added.

“Joining forces with iX3 and TAC naturally fits for us, and we look forward to great things from our relationship,” said Dr. Graham Snyder, CEO, SEAL Innovation. “Working with John Payne and his team will allow us together to double our efforts to further the sport of swimming and aquatic safety,” he added.    

“A partnership with SEAL Innovation and iX3 is in perfect alignment with the Triangle Aquatic Center’s nonprofit mission of aquatic safety and competition, said Michael Curran, President of TAC. “We are excited to promote water safety with SEAL and to help iX3 make the Triangle a major Olympic Training center with all the economic benefits and recognition for the Triangle,” he added.

For more information. contact:

Karen Zelden                        
SEAL Innovation, Inc.                        
(919) 270-5433        

Michael Curran
Triangle Aquatic Center
(919) 745-0836

John Payne
iX3 Sports, LLC
(919) 280-2564

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