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£1,590
pledged of £90,000pledged of £90,000 goal
15
backers
Funding Suspended
Funding for this project was suspended by Kickstarter over 1 year ago

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About

If your child was in life-threatening danger, would you want to be alerted now, or in the future? 

Nothing is more important than a child’s safety, when a child's life is in danger, every second counts. 

Introducing the Dolphin Aquasonic Swimming Pool Alarm system. The world's first Swimming Pool Alarm that instantly alerts you when a non-swimmer enters the water.

The product of 13 years of research and development and involving experts in underwater communications from Newcastle University, the Dolphin Alarm System is here and ready to help improve swimming pool safety for everyone, both at home and at your local community pool.

The sad facts about child drownings

Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death in children 1 to 4 years old. About 1,000 American children die every year from avoidable drownings & even more are hospitalized after being pulled from the water and revived. 

The longer a child is underwater, the longer it takes to start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and the worse the outcome. It only takes between 4-6 minutes for irreversible brain damage to occur; with 5 to 10 percent of survivors going on to suffer permanent brain damage. It takes just minutes for a child underwater to die.

Why was the Dolphin Aquasonic Alarm created?

Electrical Engineer John Barstead has dedicated 13 years of his life to create a secure and reliable swimming pool alarm system. The journey began after a neighbor’s toddler was tragically killed due to an avoidable drowning incident. 

Using his expertise, John was inspired to create a swimming pool alarm system that would help to prevent other families from suffering the same tragic loss.

How the system works 

Non-swimmers wear a secured wrist/waist-worn device that sends a sonar signal to a receiver device floating in the pool the instant that it comes into contact with water.

The receiver device in the pool emits a 131dB alarm, and if connected, a second remote alarm can be placed up to 150 meters (170ft) away from the pool to ensure the adult hears the alarm wherever and whenever they need to.

The system is also fully portable and works in both fresh and saltwater pools.

The Dolphin Alarm System

The non-swimmer wears a secured wristband/waistband (suitable for under 2's) which acts as the transmitting device, it emits three pre-programmed sound frequencies when it is immersed in the swimming pool water.

The Dolphin Alarms Wristband/Transmitter
The Dolphin Alarms Wristband/Transmitter

Floating in the swimming pool is the receiver unit that has been pre-programmed to detect the frequencies of the wrist/waist-worn transmitting device via an inbuilt hydrophone.

The Dolphin Alarms Receiver Unit
The Dolphin Alarms Receiver Unit

Once the frequencies are detected, a loud, penetrating sound alarm is initiated at the swimming pool and in the house simultaneously.

The Dolphin Alarms Remote Unit
The Dolphin Alarms Remote Unit

Product Features

78% of infant drownings happen under the supervision of an adult and are therefore mostly avoidable. One of the biggest challenges when dealing with a drowned child is the time required to rescue and resuscitate.

By being instantaneous, the Dolphin Aquasonic Alarm gives parents the critical extra seconds needed to help avoid tragic, and avoidable infant deaths in the first place. Why would you choose an alarm system that took longer to tell you that your child was in danger?

Product accreditations

The Dolphin Alarms system is fully accredited to all relevant industry standards including; CE mark of approval, Manufactured to ISO standards, AFNOR NF P90-307, USA ASTM F2208-02, ANSI 2535.6 and ASTM F2518-06.

What makes our product unique?

Dolphin Aquasonic Alarms unique and life-saving element is the use of sonar as the triggering mechanism. Research has shown that 98% of alarms presently available on the market use wave movement as the triggering mechanism. The wave approach produces a great number of false alarms due to weather conditions and also it needs to be deactivated before anyone can use the pool. The Dolphin product is continuously active and not affected by weather conditions. 

Current market analysis reveals the below:

Competitor Analysis
Competitor Analysis

Press: 

The Press Kit contains everything you need to feature Dolphin Aquasonic Alarm in publications, blogs and on websites. 

Partners / Support for Dolphin

How you can help us to save lives: 

We have created the Dolphin Aquasonic Alarm to save lives of non-swimmers including pets. The product is fully developed and ready for manufacture, however we need YOUR help to take this further. 

Please share this on your social media channels and encourage others to share using the links below. 

Project Timeline

Project quality assurance

Every effort has been made in the design to provide a compliant and robust swimming pool alarm system. We understand that lives could depend on the technology and have therefore ensured that our project team, project governance and project partners are all of the highest standards. 

The initial design process resulted in two pre-production units being created in order to allow for proof of concept and compliance testing. The nature of the product being a life-saving device and to maximize quality and reliability, there will be no batch testing and each and every alarm is individually tested before shipment from the factory

Based on a successful crowdfunding campaign we envisage that manufacturing will commence in May 2018 and first production run will be available early October 2018. We will strive to improve this availability to an earlier date. We will ensure that all of our backers are kept up to date about the manufacturing status, if unforeseen delays do occur, we will do our best to mitigate these and ensure our backers are kept informed. 

The alarm system also comes with a 2-year warranty

About the Dolphin Alarms team

Risks and challenges

The Dolphin Aquasonic Alarm is the product of 13 years of development and utilizes an electrical engineers know-how with the technical advice from experts in their field. This has been supported by months of extensive testing and fine-tuning to ensure that the product is at a commercially viable and most importantly life-saving stage. It is fully accredited with all relevant industry standards including the CE mark of approval and is manufactured to ISO standards, AFNOR NF P90-307, USA ASTM F2208-02, ANSI 2535.6 and ASTM F2518-06.

We don’t envisage any issues with delivering the product to market with the highest quality standard by the suggested deadlines, however, as with any physical product, unforeseen issues with manufacturing and shipping could inevitably become an issue. If this does occur we have tried to mitigate and plan for this in every possible way through contingency planning with our partners.

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT - 50% OFF

    Be first to get your hands on the world's first swimming pool alarm using sonar transmission as the triggering mechanism and help us achieve our mission of saving children's lives. If you are lucky enough to be in the first 50 to pledge you will be able to get an incredible discount of 50% off the RRP price. Additional wristbands/waistband are available as an add-on item just add $28/£20/€23 to the pledge amount.

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    • One indoor remote alarm
    • One pool alarm receiver
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    EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT - 30% OFF

    Help protect your family with the world's first swimming pool alarm using sonar technology as the triggering mechanism. With this pledge, you will get an awesome 30% off the RRP price and help us achieve our mission of saving children's lives. Additional wristbands / waistband are available as an add-on item just add $28/£20/€23 to the pledge amount.

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    DOLPHIN AQUASONIC ALARM

    Get your hands on the Dolphin Aquasonic Alarm system - the world's first swimming pool alarm using sonar as the triggering mechanism. With this pledge you will receive one indoor remote alarm, one pool alarm receiver and one wristband and help contribute to our mission of saving children's lives. Additional wristbands/waistband are available as an add-on item just add $28/£20/€23 to the pledge amount.

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