Aquatic Safety Specialist
San Diego's Leader in Aquatics is Nicole McNeil. Nicole works for the Park and Recreation Department and supervises The City of San Diego swimming pools. She is a powerful volunteer, active as a Board Member for the San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation, a member of the San Diego County Aquatic Council and co-chair of SafeKids San Diego Drowning Prevention Task Force.
Nicole is a wonderful teacher of the very youngest children and their parents- to adult beginner swimmers-to Lifeguard Instructors and Water Safety Instructors.
Nicole's influence as a mentor to her Lifeguard staff and Swim Instructors has built programs into much more than the usual aquatics program- Her pools are places for all ages to come to learn how to be “Safer in the water” and to be welcomed into the “community family”. She's tireless in building and promoting programs like the Parent/Tot Water Safety Workshops. Nicole seeks grants to bring FREE classes to several San Diego pools- and she is saving lives in San Diego through water safety education.
Nicole McNeil is a connector of volunteers and resources- all for water safety and drowning prevention. She corrals individuals to raise money by swimming in the Swim24Challenge or dressing up for the annual “Junior Lifeguard Foundation Gala”. She brings San Diego's Finest Police and Fire and Rescue, Navy Rescue Swimmers, Swim Teams, Health Department, IPSSA, and other community partners into the community for events to make “San Diego SAFER”. Nicole McNeil exemplifies the belief that TOGETHER we can prevent drowning.
Nicole is a recent recipient of a 2017 National Drowning Prevention Alliance, Community Lifesaver Award.
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Summer is here! But before your child plunges into the water at the nearby lake, beach or community pool, there’s some important safety tips to consider. As a parent, what are some basic things you can do prevent an accidental drowning? What do you do when no lifeguard is on duty? And what role do swim lessons play in all of this?