Lifeguards without borders (LWB) is a non-profit organization comprising lifeguards and healthcare professionals who are devoted to doing their part to lessen the global burden of drowning through domestic and international training, program development and research. Organized in 2006, LWB was founded by Justin Sempsrott, MD, and Andrew Schimdt, DO, MPH, after providing water safety and drowning education to various low- and middle-income countries. Approximately 97% of the world’s drowning deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
LWB has provided additional lifeguards for large scale events, such as Carnaval in Ecuador; donated whistles, buoys and rescue boards; executed lifeguard instructor training programs in Peru; taught many EMS, nursing and physician courses; and performed medical research on drowning. LWB partners with other international lifesaving and drowning prevention agencies to provide logistical, educational and resource support.
Interested in becoming involved with LWB? LWB is always looking for lifeguard and non-lifeguard, medical and non-medical personnel to join them in travels, assisting with logistics and spreading the word. You can support LWB by “liking” them on Facebook, or share your lifesaving stories. You can visit the website at www.LifeguardsWithoutBorders.org. You can also click on the “donations” button on the website to make a contribution. All medical and lifesaving equipment in working order and monetary donations are tax deductible.