The Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund
Improving the lives of children with special needs and their families
JPMF Make-a-Splash: Learn
to be safe and have fun in and
around the water
Safe Kids Worldwide
Child Injury Prevention Conference
October 14-18, 2008 – Washington DC
The Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund
Improving the lives of children with special needs and their families
How it all Came About…
Joey Pizzano, a wonderful 6-year old child
with a developmental disability, died in a
tragic drowning accident in 1998.
His bright smile and love of life touched
many people and his family founded the
Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund (JPMF) to
celebrate his life and carry on his memory.
The mission of JPMF is to “improve the
lives of children with special needs
and their families”.
The Joey Pizzano Memorial Fund
Improving the lives of children with special needs and their families
How it all Came About…
The Make a Splash program was designed to
share Joey’s love of water with other children
with special needs. The program teaches
individuals with disabilities to “be safe and
have fun in and around the water”.
The program is based on 5 safety rules
developed specifically for individuals with
disabilities.
The JPMF Make a Splash Program
Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water
This unique program
is geared toward children and
young adults with special needs
pairs volunteer “swim buddies”
with each participant
based on 5 basic safety rules
has an accompanying activity
and program guide
exposes participants to a life
long leisure activity
keeps kids safe!!!
The JPMF Make a Splash Program
Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water
A unique program
for a unique population
The JPMF Make a Splash Program
Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water
The 5 Basic SAFETY RULES are the
FOUNDATION of Make a Splash
Always Swim with a Buddy
No Running, No Pushing
STOP…LOOK…LISTEN When the Lifeguard
Blows the Whistle
Blow bubbles when under water
Stand up, put feet down when in trouble
The JPMF Make a Splash Program
Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water
RULE 1 : Always Swim with a Buddy
Sample Activity from guide:
Title: THE MATCH GAME (Animal Noises)
Materials: Participant and swim buddy
Procedure: At the beginning of the session,
designate an animal noise that only the two
of you will have (quack, moo, woof, etc.)
Suggestions: Do it at random & planned times
The JPMF Make a Splash Program
Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water
RULE 2: No Running, No Pushing
“when you run, you can’t have fun.
When you push and shove, you don’t
show love. No push, no run, be safe,
have fun!”
Sample Activity from guide:
Title: RECITE THE RULES JINGLE
Materials: Participant and swim buddy
Procedure: First recite the jingle and have
Them listen, then have them join in
Suggestions: Try the jingle in a round
Strategies for when running occurs:
• Have participant show you how a turtle walks
• Remind them of quiet feet
• Repeat the jingle
• Notify staff member, have them sit out awhile
The JPMF Make a Splash Program
Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water
RULE 3: STOP…LOOK…LISTEN When the
Lifeguard Blows the Whistle
“Stop, look and listen when the whistle
blows. First you use your eyes and ears,
and then you do as you are told.”
Sample Activity from guide:
Title: FREEZE SWIM
Materials: Radio, whistle, lifeguard (preferable but not a must)
Procedure: Play music from the radio and have the participants
Swim and dance to the music. Then cut the music off and
simultaneously blow the whistle. When this occurs
The participants stop, look, and listen to whoever blew the whistle
Suggestions: Use cues such as pointing to the person who blew
the whistle to get them in the habit of looking where the
sound came from.
The JPMF Make a Splash Program
Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water
RULE 4: Blow bubbles when under water
“Head below,
bubbles blow”
Sample Activity from guide:
Title: PING PONG CATCH
Materials: A ping pong ball and straws
Procedure: Play pass with a ping pong ball (without straw)
By floating the ball on the water and practicing
Blowing it back and forth to each other.
Suggestions: If the activity gets too easy, try it with a straw
The JPMF Make a Splash Program
Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water
RULE 5: Stand up, put feet down
when in trouble
Sample Activity from guide:
Title: “ROCK-A-BY-BABY”
Materials: Participant and swim buddy
Procedure: Have the swim buddy cradle their participant in their arms
and swing back and forth while singing. When the song is over, drop
the participant from just above the surface into water to have them
practice putting their feet on the ground.
Suggestions: Stand over the participant with your hands under the
water ready to pull them up at a moments notice if they are not
finding their footing right away.
The JPMF Make a Splash Program
Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water
VOLUNTEERS are KEY to the
Success of Make-a-Splash
1 to 1 ratio ensures that individuals of varying
abilities are being met, can adapt lesson plans
Exposes and educates the community on
individuals with disabilities
JPMF funds lifeguarding certification classes for
volunteers, thus increasing awareness among
future lifeguards
The JPMF Make a Splash Program
Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water
Make a Splash Program Requirements
The program can look different at different locations, but
there are certain components that every make a splash
program must follow:
Volunteers – swim buddies
Program Curriculum & Activity guide
5 JPMF Safety Rules
Adaptable lesson plans
Trained instructor to
lead the class
ENTHUSIASM!!!
The JPMF Make a Splash Program
Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water
Positive Impacts of JPMF Make a Splash
Increases the number of individuals with disabilities
that are safe in and around the water
Introduces new leisure skill to improve health and well being
Increases confidence and independence of swimmers
Teaches a lifelong leisure skill they can participate in as a family
Connects volunteers to the community
The JPMF Make a Splash Program
Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water
Make a Splash Growth in Fairfax County
The JPMF Make a Splash Water Safety
Program in partnership with Fairfax Co.
Department of Community and Recreation
Services was first piloted in 2001 with 50
# of Sw im m ers
swimmers at one site.
Served
Over the next 7 years, the program developed
and built popularity.
It is currently offered at 12 sites and has served
over 3,000 children with special needs.
Total # of Swimmers Served in Fairfax County
650
550
450
350
250
150
50
-50
470
50
80
505
525
530
550
120
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Year Program Ran
JPMF is ready to EXPAND into new areas…
Recent completion of Activity Guide and Program Guide
New Make a Splash Grant Program
Accompanying training video in development
The JPMF Make a Splash Program
Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water
Why Make a Splash in your neighborhood?
There is a need…
An estimated 5000 children, ages 14 and under are hospitalized due to
unintentional drowning related accidents each year
There is an Increase in individuals being diagnosed with
disabilities each year
There is a growing trend in serving individuals with
disabilities in their own community
The JPMF Make a Splash Program
Learn to be safe and have fun in and around the water
Why Make a Splash in your neighborhood?
AND there is an easy solution…
JPMF has done the legwork for you
It’s proven to be a successful program
Comes with a polished and comprehensive program
curriculum and activity guide
JOIN OUR TEAM!!!
For more information visit
www.jpmf.org
JPMF Make a Splash Grant
applications can be found
at: www.VRPS.com
Thank You!
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