people lost their lives to drowning in surf conditions in the US*
of these drownings were caused by rip currents*
was the average age for these drowning victims*
this should not be happening.
*Facts based on preliminary data collected by National Weather Service.
The chances of drowning in an area properly patrolled by a lifeguard have been estimated to be less than
1 in 18 million.
2001 Center of Disease Control Life Guarding Report
At Never Far Away,
"We envision beaches in which every swimmer has a network of dedicated responders constantly accessible through the activation of a wearable, ensuring that help is Never Far Away."
3 Pillar Solution
Brief descriptions of each pillar are below. To learn more, contact us.
Swimmers alert safety officials and other beach-goers of their distress through a wearable device.
Lifeguards, and/or automated drones head to swimmer to help.
Never Far Away application keeps swimmers aware of beach conditions and safety tips.
Who are we?
Josh Guter is a 3rd year Goodnight Scholar at NC State University who is currently studying Graphic Communications. He is also extremely active in the entrepreneurship community at NC State. He has grown up near beaches and has always loved the ocean, but after hearing about more and more drownings occurring at the beaches he grew up on, as well as witnessing these dangerous situations himself, Josh decided to start Never Far Away. The mission of Never Far Away is to make beaches safer for everyone.
The mission of Never Far Away drives Josh each and every day, but it is also clear that this initiative drives others as well. Never Far Away has received an amazing amount of help from his family and friends. Allan, Donna, and Aaron Starr offer their help, advice, and guidance on many fundamental aspects of the business. In addition, Natalie Warner, a junior at NC State University, also studying Graphic Communications, has worked on design elements of the business.
Currently, you can help Never Far Away as well. By filling out this form, bit.ly/NFA_Survey , you can help provide valuable information to ensure that the decisions we make in the future ultimately result in the most effective solutions to the problem. The survey only takes a few minutes, so please consider filling it out!