Train it Forward

Join us on June 16 at 9am

Schlitterbahn Waterpark • Kansas City
Come out to Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City and join us for a FREE swim lesson before the park opens. All participants will receive a beach towel and FREE admission to the park.

Dax Bakarich with his hero Andrea Hays; Andrea’s water safety knowledge helped save a life.



On August 17, 2013 Dax Bakarich was a 2 ½ year old little boy having just another super day. He was doing something he loved…hanging out at the pool with his family and friends. That beautiful day went horribly wrong in a flash when Dax was found face down in the deep end of the pool. Lucky for Dax, it was only a flash, and double lucky for him, all three adults present knew CPR. That is how many people it took to help make this miracle happen. One to swim to him and get him out of the pool (Mommy), another to call 911 and take directions (Jami) and most importantly one (Andrea) to turn into Superwoman as she performed CPR on his lifeless little body, fighting and bringing him back to us as the paramedics arrived.


After a lot of reflection and healing we recognize that accidents like this happen every day and to anyone no matter how safe and attentive you are. Unfortunately, most will never realize this until it’s too late. Since this miracle happened, we have decided to make it our mission to help others turn their tragedy into a miracle. The best way to do this is to educate and train. We hope to do this for as many people that will let us through our foundation Train It Forward.


View Initial News Story on KMBC


Once registered, you’re all set to join us June 16th. Upon completion of the lesson, all participants will exit the park and be readmitted for FREE (same day or any other day in 2018). As well, discounted tickets ($7 off the gate price) will be available for members of the participant’s family, guardian or guest.


Anyone age 5 years and up


June 16, 2018
Check-in: 7:30-8:30am
Lesson Starts: 9am


Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City

9400 State Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66112


Registration closes at noon on Thursday,

June 14th, 2018 or once the event is full.

Thank you for your interest in the Train it Forward event. Registration is now open.

Ways you can directly help us save lives:

“Life Preserver” sponsor

Provide for 1 child to receive (6) YMCA’s Learn-To-Swim program sessions for $50.


“Shallow End” sponsor

Provide for a class of children to receive (6) YMCA’s Learn-To-Swim program sessions for $350.


“Deep End”

Provide for (3) classes of children to receive (6) YMCA’s Learn-To-Swim program sessions for $1,000.


“Full Pool” sponsor

Provide for (6) classes of children to receive (6) YMCA’s Learn-To-Swim program sessions for $2,000.


Water Safety Tips



Drowning is the leading cause of injury and death for children in the 1 to 2 year age range. It is the third leading cause of accidental death for persons aged 5 to 44. In some states, like California, Florida, and Hawaii, drowning is the leading cause of injury death for all persons under 15 years of age.


Death by drowning is only the tip of the iceberg for aquatic injury. It has been found that for every 10 children who die by drowning, there are actually 140 treated in emergency rooms. Of those 140 treated, 36 are admitted for further treatment in hospitals and some never fully recover.


Males drown at a significantly higher rate than females (about 5 to 1) and for boat related drownings, the ratio escalates to up to numbers around 14 to 1.

LEARN TO SWIM: Learning to swim is the best defense against drowning. Teach children to swim at an early age. Children who are not taught when they are very young tend to avoid swim instruction as they age, probably due to embarrassment. Swimming instruction is a crucial step to protecting children from injury or death.

ENTER WATER FEET FIRST: Serious, lifelong injuries, including paraplegia, occur every year due to diving headfirst into unknown water and striking the bottom. Check for depth and obstructions before diving, then go in feet first the first time; use caution and always extend a hand ahead of you.

SWIM NEAR A LIFEGUARD: USLA statistics over a ten year period show that the chance of drowning at a beach or pool without lifeguard protection is almost five times as great as drowning where a lifeguard is present. USLA also calculates the chance that a person will drown while attending a beach protected by USLA affiliated lifeguards at 1 in 18 million (.0000055%).

WEAR A LIFE JACKET: Some 80% of fatalities associated with boating accidents are from drowning. Most involve people who never expected to end up in the water, but fell overboard or ended up in the water when the boat sank. Children are particularly susceptible to this problem and in many states, children are required to be in life jackets whenever they are aboard boats.

SWIM WITH A BUDDY: Most drownings involve single swimmers. When you swim with a buddy, if one of you has a problem, the other may be able to help, including signaling for assistance from others. At least have someone out of the water watching you.SWIM

OBEY POSTED SIGNS AND FLAGS: It sometimes seems as though there are too many signs, but the ones at public pools and beaches are intended to help keep you safe and inform you about local regulations. Read the signs when you first arrive and please follow their direction. At the beach and/or water parks, flags may be flown by lifeguards to advise of hazards and regulations that change from time to time. You can usually find informational signs explaining the meaning of the flags, or just ask the lifeguard.

CHECK WITH LIFEGUARDS: Lifeguards work continually to identify hazards that might affect you. They can advise you on the safest place to swim, as well as places to avoid. They want you to have a safe day. Talk to them when you first arrive at the beach and ask them for their advice.

USE SUNSCREEN AND DRINK WATER: Everyone loves a sunny day, but exposure to the sun affects your body. Without sunscreen, you can be seriously burned. The sun’s rays can also cause life-long skin damage and skin cancer. To protect yourself always choose ``broad spectrum” sunscreen rated from 15 to 50 SPF, or clothing that covers your skin, and reapply sunscreen regularly throughout the day. The sun can also dehydrate you quickly. Drink lots of water and avoid alcohol, which contributes to dehydration. Lifeguards treat people for heat exhaustion and heat stroke from time to time. If you feel ill, be sure to contact a lifeguard.