History



The mission of the Aquatic Safety Awareness Program is to provide education and resources to reduce the number of drowning deaths and near-drowning occurrences in children under the age of five.

Founders and directors of the Aquatic Safety Awareness Program, Nikki and Jim Miller, have dedicated their lives to saving the lives of others through water safety education.

In 1994, upon returning from a lunch date, The Millers saw wet clothes and vomit on the deck of their spa. Apparently, their one-year old had crawled into the spa while the babysitter was inside the house on the phone. The Millers’ four-year old swimmer, unable to reach him or stand on the bottom of the spa, pulled his brother from the spa alone, saving his life, but only after much water was ingested. Since that near drowning occurrence, Nikki and Jim developed a water safety education program and built two aquatic centers as Santa Clarita’s only year-round indoor aquatic center to help prevent tragic drowning incidents in the community and surrounding areas.

Additionally, Nikki Miller shares her 35 years of experience as a swim coach, head springboard diving coach, certified autism swim instructor and educator. Nikki is an advocate of international drowning prevention. She has been a featured international speaker and continues to publish numerous articles on water safety. She also holds a Master’s degree from Pepperdine University.