The Devoted Float and The Qualified Captain Announce Collaboration
The Devoted Float, an awareness and resource organization focused on flotation, water safety and drowning prevention, has teamed up with The Qualified Captain, the water industry's leading expert on safety to launch a major national campaign that encourages the installation of waterside lifesaver rings throughout the country.
The collaboration between The Devoted Float and The Qualified Captain, both influential and unique in their own space, allows for massive impact in changing the narrative of open water drownings in the United States. While lifesaver rings are often found at pools and on boats, rarely are they spotted on docks, piers and other water access points. Through this effort, the three industry leaders are looking to make sea change - changing the perspective on the need for flotation when near open water.
While federal waters are consistently governed, lakes, rivers and other various waterways regulated by state and local authorities, typically have inconsistent safety guidelines when it comes to flotation installation. Accidental drownings in these types of waters can often be mitigated with the use of a readily accessible flotation device and it is a goal of this trio to help save lives.
The Devoted Float was started by 13 year old, Cade Redmond, who witnessed the lake drowning of a young man in late 2022. Recognizing that a float would have likely saved this man's life, Cade decided to reach out to Aaron Stasiak "The Qualified Captain", a national influencer who has over 1 million followers on Instagram, to help him spread the flotation message. As Cade recalls in contacting Aaron shortly after the drowning, "I reached out to you, you responded right away and we got to work."
1 out of 7 injury related deaths are due to a drowning. There is very little time to rescue someone that is drowning and often those that jump in to save others quickly find themselves in trouble.
A lifesaver ring is a valuable rescue tool and easy to use.
Cade wants people to think of the installation of a waterside lifesaver ring no different than buckling up when you get into a car - it should be second nature - "when you're near the water, have flotation readily available."
Lifesaver rings can be found on both The Devoted Float and The Qualified Captain's websites and instagram pages.
@thedevotedfloat (on Instagram)
@thequalifiedcaptain (on Instagram)