WAVE Drowning Detection Systems

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WAVE Drowning Detection Systems by Mark Caron was nominated for the 2019 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year category
WAVE DDS wearable trackers were used at the WOWSA Ocean Fest and at the Swim Across America open water swimming events in 2019

The WAVE Drowning Detection Systems or WAVE DDS is an innovative wireless real-time swimmer tracking system that determines if any swimmer is at risk of drowning and immediately alerts your staff so they can investigate and intervene if necessary. The system works in all types of water including pools, lakes, oceans, and rivers. It is not affected by water type, depth, clarity, glare, bubbles, marine life or other environmental factors that can adversely impact other technologies.


To dramatically reduce the incidence of preventable, senseless drowning through the use of technology, education and public awareness.

2019 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination

The WAVE Drowning Detection Systems was nominated for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year award as follows:

Lifeguards, divers, kayakers, paddleboarders, safety boats, tow floats, Swim Angels, rest pontoons...the open water swimming community has developed a comprehensive safety net for its participants over the decades. But Mark Caron and the team at WAVE Drowning Detection Systems have significantly widened the safety net with a reliable, simple, easy-to-set up, easy-to-use anywhere systems for widescale adoption in lake, sea, bay and ocean swims. The WAVE alert is set off if a swimmer has been submerged for too long, so that quick lifesaving intervention is started. For augmenting current open water safety systems with simplicity and reliable technology, for dramatically changing the aquatic safety profile with a simple tracker that is attached to swimmers' goggles and immediately alerts safety personnel if a swimmer goes underwater too long, and for developing a system that can be implemented at any open water venue, WAVE Drowning Detection Systems by Mark Caron is a worthy nominee for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

How It Works


Founder Interviews

Board of Aquatic & Industry Advisors

  • Gerald Dworkin, Aquatic Safety Expert, is a professional Aquatics Safety & Water Rescue Consultant for Lifesaving Resources, LLC and is the author of the Lifeguard Competition Guidebook, the Professional Aquatics Safety Seminar Guidebook, the Water Rescue Course Guidebook, and the Ice Rescue Course Guidebook (published by Lifesaving Resources) and CPR for Infants and Children (published by the Child Welfare League of America). He has an extensive background in Aquatics Safety, Water Rescue, Ice Rescue, EMS, and Public Safety and Rescue. Along with his textbooks, he has written and published over 40 articles, and has consulted in over 300 drowning and aquatic injury litigation cases as either a Plaintiff or Defense Forensics Expert. He's appeared as a guest on the TODAY SHOW, CBS NEWS, and others.
  • Jaimie Clout, Aquatics Director, has an extensive background in Aquatics. Beginning with her career as a waterfront lifeguard in 1999. In 2010, she took on an Aquatic Director position managing Cornerstone Aquatic Center in West Hartford, Connecticut. During her time at Cornerstone, the facility received the Best Indoor Family Aquatic Center award from Aquatics International Magazine. Her staff was also credited for saving the life of a patron who collapsed in the facility. Having spent over twelve years as an emergency responder and over a decade with the Red Cross as a lifeguard instructor trainer, public safety has been her passion. Jaimie holds a degree in science from Charter Oak State College and has recently earned her CPRP certification in the Parks and Recreation field. Jaimie has been designated as an AqP the highest recognition as an aquatic professional. Currently she sits on the CRPA Aquatics Committee and is the Aquatic Supervisor for the City of Bristol, Connecticut.
  • Maureen Scinto, Aquatics Director, has been the aquatics director for the Fairfield, Connecticut YMCA for over 25 years, and was recognized for her community service by the governor of Connecticut, Dan Malloy, in 2015. She has been a long-time strong advocate of aquatic safety and supports technology as a preventative and useful tool for lifeguards.
  • Mary Ann Downing, Aquatics Safety Consultant, is known as the Pool Safety Mom. She became focused on drowning prevention in the late 1970's. She has a teaching degree in Health & Physical Education with an emphasis in Aquatics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She was a YMCA Aquatic Director, worked in the fitness industry, then went into the life and health insurance field. She is a board member of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, a Member of the Drowning Prevention Foundation. She belongs to the Association for Pool and Spa Professionals, is a supporter of the San Diego Chapter of IPSSA and serves on the Board of Directors for The Rancho Santa Fe Business & Professional Women.
  • Steven Bernstein, Camp Owner and Director, his wife Brooke and the Owners/Directors of Camp North Star in Poland Spring, Maine. He is a veteran camp professional having spent the last 18 years directing residential and day camps in Maine and Pennsylvania. He currently serves as Vice-President of the Keystone Region of the American Camp Association. He is a frequent speaker at summer camp conferences and is a contributor to Expert Online Training which provides summer camps and park & rec programs with staff training tools and resources.
  • Cindy Bergman, Associate Executive Director of the Levis Jewish Community Center, has 36 years of experience in the non-profit world. After 5 years working with the developmentally disabled community doing Art Therapy and running group homes throughout Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn she began her fundraising career at UJA-Federation of New York in Manhattan. Upon relocating to Florida, she spent 10 years at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County working in many capacities ultimately becoming Vice President for Campaign. From there she spent 9 years at Hillel Day School of Boca Raton as the Director of Institutional Advancement. Now, with 10 years at the Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center, she is currently the Associate Executive Director.

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