Vivian Stancil Olympian Foundation

What’s Happening in Riverside
Drownings and Near Drownings
in Riverside County

Vivian Stancil
makes “The Big Jump”
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Riverside County Supervisor, First District
monthly e-newsletter “Kevin’s Corner”

My Story


Why Not Now
Drown Proof Swim Clinic 2017

I lost my eyesight when I was 19 years old, due to a rare disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa; I was young and had two children. After a while I gained weight and was 300 lbs. with a heart murmur. My doctor said, “Vivian, you lose the weight and your heart will be fine” so I tried running a marathon, it was too hard on my knees. I always loved the sound of running water, but was terrified of it, but was not going to give into fear, when I started swim lessons I clung to the side of the pool for dear life. My instructor used to yell “Vivian get away from that wall or your never learn how to swim.

The first time I dove into the pool I can’t begin to tell you how good I felt, I had conquered my fear. Today I’m a Senior Olympian I’ve lost the weight, my heart is fine…When people see me now, they see my handicap and say if she can do it, then perhaps I can do it too. You should never let life’s little challenges stop you from being all you can be.


Vivian Stancil worked for many years to better herself and those around her. Despite being blind, she became an Olympic Swimmer, and continues to swim to this day. Vivian is a champion, an advocate, and a community leader who believes that the recipe for success is  equal parts faith and dedication.

Our organization worked with Riverside’s very own Cutter Pool to teach over 300 local children proper swimming techniques and safety. If you or a loved one are interested in attending next year, sign up forms are available in the right section of the site. We hope to see you there!

Drown Proof Event-
Due to the Coronavirus 19, the Splish Splash swim event has been postponed until further notice

For those interested in attending the Swim Proof event at Cutter Pool, please click here for more information.


Swim lessons available for all ages

Upcoming Events

Vivian Stancil
Olympian Foundation
“Open House”
Postponed due to Coronavirus 19