SSF Creation

Swim Safe forever began when the parents of Elliot Barbier shared their story of losing their son to drowning with a room full of swim instructors. His parent's passed out baby blankets embroidered with an image of Elliot holding a blankie. We left that night holding this baby blanket feeling a sense of urgency to do something more to prevent childhood drowning in Brevard County Florida. No parent should be left grieving saying "we didn't know."  And too many parent's do not know that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children ages 1 -4, and parents do not know the many of the layers of protection to prevent drowning. 

We decided to find a method to provide scholarships for self rescue type swim lessons in Brevard County FL. But that was not enough, we needed to go one step further. We needed to  educate our community and become more involved.


Childhood drowning is a community epidemic, and needs to be solved as a community.  Since our first "Awareness Walk", we have been heavily involved in Brevard County.  We have since opened chapters in the Outer Banks North Carolina and Northwest Houston.   


In 2022, we made the decision to change our organizations bylaws, allowing us to provide survival swimming lesson scholarships around the United States.



We work with other nonprofits with similar missions nationally to prevent childhood drowning though education with the project "Parents Preventing Childhood Drowning."

Our Board of Directors is made up of community leaders who have a passion for keeping children safe.

Ms. Misty Belford

Vice president

Ms. Jenny Bennett


Mr. David Drake


Mr. James Anderson

Board Members
Ms. Carmen Glasser
Ms. Misty Belford, KidSafe Swim Institute, Inc.
Ms. Briana Craycroft
David Drake, Owner of
Donate Smarter

Ms. Jenny Bennett, Parents Preventing Childhood Drowning

We always welcome new members to join our organization and our mission! If you have a passion for keeping children safe and would like to put that passion to work in our community, please contact volunteer@swimsafeforever.org.






Swim Safe Forever


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Meet The Team

Meet The Officers

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Misty Belford

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"There are many things in life we cannot protect our children from; drowning is not one of them. "


Jenny Bennett

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"Loosing my toddler son to drowning has been the hardest thing I have ever gone through; I want to help prevent other parents from making the same mistakes we did so they do not have to suffer this tragedy."


David Drake

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"When charities, donors and corporate sponsors invest in each other... Lives change and communities are improved"

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James Anderson

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 If you have a passion for drowning prevention email us today! YOU can make a differece