A mission to protect more children from accidental drownings

The Sylas Project was created to raise awareness on the importance of water safety and provide survival swim lesson scholarships to families in need. We exist to save one child
at a time.


A mission to protect more children from accidental drownings

Sign the petition to require pool safety compliance upon purchasing a home to prevent accidental child drownings.

+3500 Deaths
Annually in the US
Ages 1-4
Children ages 1-4 are at the highest risk
Fatal Drownings
Leading cause of unintentional injury death in children ages 1-4
50% accidents
Require hospitalization

Accidental drownings can happen the first day you move into your new home.

Our kids are always glued to us. We never think they will be out of our sight. Drownings are silent. It takes 20 seconds before they’re unconscious. 5 minutes before permanent brain damage. Over 5 minutes will likely lead to death or severe neurological damage.

The U.S is seeing the biggest spike in child drowning deaths

Florida drowning deaths are the highest in the nation with over 1.1 million swimming pools. The U.S has over 10 million pools. Our children are at the highest risk of unintentional drowning.

"Florida Drowning Deaths are up 70% since this time last year"
Water Smart Tots Organization
Drownings are silent

Drownings are responsible for more deaths among children ages 1-4 than any other cause.

Toddlers and young children are experts at momentarily escaping adult supervision. Among those ages 1-14, fatal drowning remains the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death following motor vehicle crashes.

Ensure your pool has these preventative measures installed.

In addition to survival swim lessons and knowledge of CPR, these pool safety preventative measures can save our littles one’s lives. Just like you cannot leave the hospital without a carseat when your baby is born, all homes with swimming pools should pass a pool safety compliance inspection before moving in.

More Water Safety Tips & Checklist

Pool Fence

Install a permanent 4-sided fence with self-locking gates. This is the only physical barrier between your pool and your child.

Pool Alarm

Pool alarm systems can notify you the second the accident occurs, giving you just enough time to react.

Door Alarms

Make sure all doors and windows leading to the pool are locked and alarmed.


Sign the petition to ensure all children are protected in their home

Don’t let our children be another statistic. No child or family should ever have to live through this pain. Help pass the SYLAS ALEXANDER GATLYN POOL SAFETY HOME COMPLIANCE ACT to prevent more drowning tragedies in children. Every home needs to comply with pool safety before a new owner is able to move in.

"I am signing because I believe that no life should be lost for the lack of more strict laws regarding pools. My nephew lost his life due to this."

Loreto Quintana
"I feel this moms pain!
I would do anything to a protect ANY child."

Jillian Castillo
"My son passed away within 11 days in our new home we purchased. The gate to the remaining safety fence was lost from Child Safety Store/UPS and Amazon! It took over 3 weeks to be delivered and was too late. The gate showed up 2 days after my son drowned…"

Joe Papandrea
"I was unable to have a pool fence for months after purchasing a home. This would reduce the risk of children drowning so that homeowners would have to have it before selling."

Nicole Palanjian
"For Sylas and all kids who deserve to be safe in their home. Sylas, may your sweet memory be a blessing to your family."

CR Cedy
"This is an incredible simple solution to a life threatening problem."

Kristel Martinez

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