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About the Foundation

The formation of the Foundation for Aquatic Safety and Training (F.A.S.T.) was inspired by Braxton Bilbrey, a 7 year old boy from Glendale, AZ, who focused national attention on Childhood Drowning, the “silent death.” Each year in Arizona an average of 27 children under five die a preventable death. Even more non-fatal drownings result in tragic and irreversible brain damage preventing victims from leading a healthy life. F.A.S.T. is an Arizona non-profit corporation and a 501(c)(3) charity.

On May 22nd 2006, Braxton became the youngest person ever to swim the treacherous 1.4 mile stretch of frigid water between the infamous Alcatraz Island and the shores of San Francisco. His swim raised over $13,000 for drowning prevention and captured local, national and international media coverage.

Since that formative moment the foundation has grown far beyond one person and has transformed into a community organization of Kids Saving Kids. We join forces with other non-profit groups in Arizona with the same goal of preventing drowning and promoting water safety. FAST designs high profile events to raise money for water safety and keep drowning prevention in the media spotlight year round while coordinating kid-to-kid mentoring and refugee-focused water safety classes.