Comments on Previous Conferences

Professor Michael Tipton PhD (University of Portsmouth)

"I am always happy to speak at one of your conferences: good people, great fun."

Jim Spiers (Founder SwimJim Inc.; President, Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation)

"Thank you for reaching out to everyone. We had such a wonderful experience. So much learning and really great people."

Colin Macdonald OBE (President, Royal Lesotho Lifesaving Association)

“It was a wonderful conference. For me, it was a privilege to be with so many expert speakers, and I picked up many hints on matters of direct relevance to the work I am doing in Lesotho. Thank you all.”

Professor Roberto Barcala-Furelos PhD (Dept. of Sports Sciences, University of Vigo, Spain)

“I want to thank you for the treatment I received in Ireland. All have helped me a lot, and for me it was an honour to be with such important people in lifesaving. Although my English is bad, my talk went well. The language to prevent drownings has no boundaries”

Dr. Patrick Morgan MD (Medical Advisor, Surf Life Saving Association, Great Britain)

"Thank you for an excellent conference! A fantastic group of experts on drowning that were enthusiastic and very approachable. Superb!! “

Dr. Per-Ludvik Kjendlie PhD (Vestfold University, Norway)

“Thank you all for a wonderful meeting. And again to John, Maria, Brendan and the rest of the team: Thanks for your efforts, it was all perfect.”

Dr. David Szpilman MD (Medical Advisor, Brazilian Life Saving Society)

“An excellent experience, wonderful atmosphere, marvellous old and new friends and certainly a great contribution to reducing drowning.”

Dr. Ana Catarina Queiroga, PhD (Chair, Portuguese National Lifesaving Association Research Committee) 

"I was overwhelmed with the wonderful atmosphere. Knowledge was shared and great new ideas came out from the discussions during the presentations and social events. Definitely a must attend event on drowning prevention and rescue!"

Dr. Joost Bierens MD, PhD (Editor, The Handbook on Drowning, Netherlands)

“You again made a unique venue for all of us. Thank you for your leadership in setting this up. Although I, as well as all other participants, are very aware of the unique opportunities that your boutique conference offers, I think that the English speaking participants will be much more able to put this into words.”

Professor Linda Quan MD (Seattle Children’s Hospital, USA & Recipient of the 2011 Ireland Medal)

“All the planning, pomp and circumstance that John and the Lifesaving Foundation put into my award and ceremony are beyond belief. Being surrounded by most of the worlds’ most committed, focused, and thoughtful experts on drowning and its prevention was the only thing that seemed real! Everyone who was there was so important as each of you brings a different and special perspective to the problem and as importantly a camaraderie. Your respect and friendship are imbedded in my medal and memory.”