Drennen's Dreams Foundation

A nonprofit organization

Colorado had the most drowning deaths recorded in history this year --  36.  Nearly ALL WOULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTABLE if they had worn a life jacket. Drennen’s Dreams is building life jacket loaner stations and educating people on drowning prevention.  Your contribution Will Help Us Save Lives! 

We are still providing education and training to aquatic organizations, managers and lifeguards, about the importance of practicing proper water safety procedures to prevent drowning.

Thank you for donating to support our mission as we serve others to help prevent drowning.


Our mission is to honor Drennen's legacy by emphasizing the importance of practicing high safety standards for lifeguards, pool management, and aquatics facilities; and to educate the general public about practicing water safety, and to provide the public with tools to help keep them from drowning.

Our vision is to educate, train, and support our communities in Colorado, and across the country, by increasing the awareness about the importance of practicing the proper water safety procedures to help prevent drowning.

Background Statement

Drennen's Dreams Foundation is a National Drowning Prevention and Water Safety 501(C)(3) non-profit.

At the age of 12 years old, Drennen O'Melia was the victim of a tragic drowning accident. In his memory, the Drennen's Dreams Foundation was formed.

Our Foundation exists to promote drowning prevention and water safety and we aim to ensue that there are no more unnecessary deaths due to the lack of sufficient training of lifeguards, the lack of monitoring and understanding the use of life-saving medical equipment, and/or the mismanagement of pool facilities.

Our Foundation works with many private and nonprofit organizations with pools, water parks, and waterfronts, to reinforce accountability standards and to ensure that lifeguards know how to implement their training. We help lifeguards understand what is truly at stake while they are on duty- the lives of others.

Most importantly we inspire their confidence and vigilance while on duty. We also help aquatics managers understand their obligations regarding implementing the proper policies, procedures and emergency action plans. As wells as, in-service training and equipment training.

For facility owners and operators, we educate them on water activity risk management. And, we teach them how to fully understand the importance of oversight, responsibility, and accountability of patron safety, and fun.

Each year our Foundation trains lifeguards, pool managers, aquatics facilities, and facility owners and operators throughout the state of Colorado, and across the country. Annually, we reach between 250,000-350,000 lifeguards.

Additionally, we offer resources for pediatricians to share with families, hospitals, and others, the importance of the prevention of drowning and the need for ensuring water safety.

Featured in the 'Not On Your Watch' American Red Cross training video, our informational video presentations are available for purchase. Our videos have been utilized by aquatics organizations throughout the United States and Canada.

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Organization name

Drennen's Dreams Foundation

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Small Organization


6874 S. Franklin Circle
Centennial, CO 80122

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