• Don't let Abbey's hope
    go down the drain.

    In 2008, six-year-old Abbey Taylor died from injuries she received from an improperly maintained wading pool drain. Her hope was that no child would again suffer or die as the result of a preventable entrapment. The Abbey's Hope Charitable foundation works tirelessly on her behalf.
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  • Hidden Hazard: 
    One thing to know before your kids jump in the pool

    Abbey's Hope and The ZAC Foundation partner to launch a new educational online tool that explains the dangers of pool drain entrapment.
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  • Abbey's Hope Airs New PSA.

    Abbey's Hope airs a powerful new public service announcement warning parents of the potential dangers of pool and spa drains.

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  • Swimming.
    A Life Skill, And
    A Life or Death Skill.

    Every child needs to know how to swim, float, tread water and get in and out of the pool safely! We recommend starting lessons by age 4. Also, enroll in classes in First Aid and CPR (for infants, children and adults) and have an emergency plan.
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  • Fences, Gates, Locks.
    All Necessary.

    Every pool needs an isolation fence surrounding it on all sides—four to five feet high. Gates should be self-latching and locking. Experts say such measures could have prevented up to 90% of childhood drownings and near-drownings.
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  • Be a Water Watchdog.

    One adult should be watching children in the pool or spa at all times. Even if there's a lifeguard. Even if the kids can swim. Pledge to use the Water Watchdog system to divide supervision responsibilities; pass on the Watchdog tags when you're ready to switch.
    Take the Pledge

  • Save the Date.

    Join us for the 8th Annual Abbey's Hope Golf Tournament and Party. The event returns to Braemar Golf Course on September 14th, 2015.

    Register Today!

Minnesotans Come To Attempt Record for World's Largest Swimming Lesson

MINNEAPOLIS – (June 28, 2015) – Swimmers of all ages and ability levels came together on June 18th in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Simultaneous Swimming Lesson ever conducted. Abbey's Hope, a local water safety non-profit, teamed up with other industry leaders around the globe to host the event for the third year in a row and to promote Swimming Lessons Save Lives™.

Abbey's Hope Continues Financial Support to YMCA Water Safety Program for seventh straight year

MINNEAPOLIS (June 9, 2015) – For the seventh straight year,Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation is supporting the YMCA Greater Twin Cities Safety Around the Water program, with a financial donation of $40,000 for the 2015 year. In the previous six years, Abbey’s Hope has donated well over $250,000 in total to the Safety Around the Water program. The program is designed to protect Minnesota children from one of the leading causes of accidental death, drowning.  

May Marks Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Month in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – (May 18, 2015) – As warmer weather approaches and many family vacations or weekend getaways revolve around water, Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation would like to remind Minnesotans that all drownings are preventable. Last year, there were 29 drowning deaths in Minnesota alone.

Nationwide, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths among children ages 14 and under and can occur in open bodies of water, pools and spas. Each year, approximately 800 children die as a result of drowning nationally. May kicks off Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Month in Minnesota, which provides an ideal opportunity for media outlets to remind Minnesotans about the measures they can take to help prevent the preventable during the summer months ahead. This is particularly important as Minnesota has many accessible open bodies of water.

The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.
  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.
  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.
  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.


More water safety tips