|Safety Turtle® celebrates its 10th birthday
Terrapin Communications researched, developed, and manufactured the award winning (2004 winner of Canada’s prestigious Manning Innovation Award - http://www.manningawards.ca/awards/winners/index.shtml ) Safety Turtle. Safety Turtle is an effective “last line of defence” to protect children [and others] and even pets from incidents in a wide variety of water-related environments ranging from backyard pools, spas, ponds, boats, and waterfronts. North American aquatic facilities such as the YMCA in the United States use Turtles on their rescue tubes to automatically alert the initiation of a rescue, and higher risk patients such as stroke victims wear Turtle visors during [supervised] water exercise.
The Safety Turtle consists of a locking wrist band with a Turtle sensor (like a watch) that is wirelessly connected to a Base Station that sounds an alarm when the Turtle is immersed in water. [Some restrictions apply to use with salt water.] It meets all government safety requirements for children and is recognized in the ASTM Pool Alarm Standard FF2208-2. This unique product has been on the market in North America since 1998 and has sold over 100,000 units. SkyMall magazine has been selling Safety Turtle to international and domestic passengers since 2002. In 2004 the Turtle was introduced in Europe, South Africa, and other markets requiring CE compliance.
Terrapin’s patented technology is also used in wireless engine shut off products that won the US National Marine Manufactures Association’s (NMMA) 2005 Innovation of the Year Award for Safety and the 2006 Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) Award for the Marine Industry – see http://www.powerboatsafety.com/about.asp
In 2006, Terrapin launched the Safety Turtle wireless gate alarm, which ensures residents are reliably alerted the moment a child opens a monitored gate or the gate remains unlatched more than 11 seconds after release of its adult bypass switch. Any number of identically coded Turtle and gate sensors work with one Base Station.
Safety Turtle has been featured on English, French and Spanish networks in US and Canada, including CNN Good Morning America, Oprah, The View, major CBS affiliates [New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, etc.], Univision, Chilevision, Canada AM, CTV News, Global TV, TVA. Media segments can be down loaded from Terrapin’s web site http://www.safetyturtle.com/media_articles.html .
The following testimonials will give you a sense how valuable this product can be when used with proper supervision and other important safety precautions. ”Safety Turtle addresses a real concern that I have had with my patients who participate in aquatic therapy,“ said Paul Hougan, founder and president of Therapyworks, Minneapolis. ”I have been particularly impressed with how patients have adopted the practice of using the Safety Turtle alarm. While the safety profile of our patients has been greatly improved with the installation of the Safety Turtle alarm, our patients hardly notice the alarm components and the alarm in no way affects their therapy experience.“ "The front desk staff needs to respond to the pool area and see what needs to happen next," said Simi Valley YMCA Aquatics Director Robert Martin. "The whistles can't always be heard through the walls of the facility. On the first day the alarm was installed, a little girl at the YMCA taking swim lessons was rescued after falling off the steps into the water while her instructor worked with another child. I think what it's done is made the rest of the staff here more aware that we do make rescues. Now everyone hears it."
"We're certainly encouraging parents to utilize it when they're here", Howie Cyr, president of the Shuswap Houseboating Association. “I am writing to express my thanks to you and your company for your product. Having a pool in our backyard and an 18 month old daughter, my wife and I are determined to insure our daughter's safety around water. My daughter has been wearing a safety turtle since she was eleven months old. We only take it off when she goes in the pool with us or takes a bath. Having it on her wrist doesn't bother her at all. She likes having it on. In fact, if we delay too long in putting it back on her wrist after a bath, she reminds us. Safety turtle is the best product out there. The reason is very simple. It is physically attached to the child.”, Troy, Phoenix
Safety Turtle has a decade long reliability and safety record with high levels of customer satisfaction.