We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna Stewart and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Anna, how does your business help the community or world?
The Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County showcases the importance of water safety and drowning prevention to the community at large. Drowning is a life threatening issue regardless of one’s age, race, gender, socioeconomic background and swimming capability. The Coalition offers free, land based water safety education to audiences of all ages, a plethora of water safety materials, and free/reduced cost water safety swim lessons to qualified children ages 2-12.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve been with the Coalition almost 18 years. As a non-fatal drowning survivor (I almost drowned at 8yrs of age from chicken fighting), I can provide a unique perspective when discussing water safety to children, adults, and seniors. My working career has been an interesting one. My first real job was as a Crime Scene Investigator before it became popular by television, followed by being an academic advisor at an area university. I was fortunate enough to have a professor during my post graduate education who became a mentor. Through his guidance, support, and belief in my capabilities, I am professionally successful. Success isn’t about money or status (though it certainly is nice if you have it), but about being able to get up in the morning and enjoy going to work while truly making a difference in the lives of others.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Being in South Florida we are lucky enough to enjoy water related activities year-round! I would take my best friend to various cities in Palm Beach County that are located along the ocean/intracoastal. We would take a guided boat tour, do some jet skiing, snorkeling and scuba diving and perhaps even a walking or Segway excursion. I would also take my friend to some great animal rescue sanctuaries like the Loggerhead Marinelife Center and Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, and then to eat at some mom and pop restaurants.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The Coalition gives a shoutout to all the water safety instructors and lifeguards who help keep individuals of all ages safe in and around bodies of water.

Website: www.pbcgov.org/dpc
Instagram: dpcofpbc
Linkedin: Anna Stewart
Twitter: DrowningPrevention@PBCDPC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Drowning-Prevention-Coalition-of-Palm-Beach-County-10150119735945195

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