Drowning Prevention

Drowning Prevention Drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 14 due to unintentional injury. The peak age for these drowning deaths is 2- and 3-years-old, with most of these incidents occurring in residential pools, bathtubs and buckets.

Drowning Prevention Task Force

The Drowning Prevention Task Force is very active and meets every other month just prior to the San Diego Aquatics Council Meeting. The meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, beginning in February from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Tierrasanta Recreation Center, 11238 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, 92124.

Each year, the task forces hosts “April Pools Days” events at public recreations centers and YMCAs throughout the county. These events showcase all aspects of water safety and provide families with hands-on experience in CPR, simple rescues, use of Water Watcher Tags and free swim lessons.

For a list of this year’s events, click here. These are FREE to the public.

This task force also developed and distributes Water Watcher Tags. These tags, which are to be given to a responsible adult who can adhere to the responsibilities listed on the tag, include:

  • Keeping a constant eye on children in and near water.Water Watcher tag 2
  • Staying within an arm’s reach of children in the water.
  • Avoiding distractions, including socializing and texting on the phone.
  • Avoiding drinking alcohol before or during your Water Watcher time.
  • Having a cell phone on hand and calling 911 if needed.
  • Starting CPR if needed.

These Water Watcher Tags are FREE and can be found at recreation centers, fire stations and YMCAs. For a list of  Water Watcher Tag distribution and education centers, click here.


Parent Tot Swimming Workshop

See why having a Water Watcher to constantly watch the kids is so important. Check out the video below.

Video: No One is Watching

Take the Pool Safety Pledge — include the entire family share the message with everyone.

Click here for our Water Safety Fact Sheet.

Click here for a list of recreation centers offering free or reduced-cost swim lessons.

Click here for a list of local authorized providers of the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program.

Click here to find centers offering CPR classes.


Want the Safe Kids Drowning Prevention Task Force to bring an educational presentation to your group? See the course offerings below.

Start Safe: Water
Safe Kids Worldwide partnered with Young Minds Inspired, the National Head Start Association, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and water safety experts to create Start Safe: Water, a free educational program designed to teach children ages 2 to 4 and their families about water safety. The program emphasizes three key messages associated with using layers of protection in and around water – Lock, Look, Learn. Safety messages are delivered to children using age-specific curriculum and activities. While children are enjoying their water safety class, parents learn valuable information in developing multiple layers of protection including effective adult supervision, physical barriers and emergency response.

Audience: Children ages 2-4, parents

Class size: Children 5-10, adults 5-20

Duration: 1 hour

Visit http://www.safekids.org/educators/Start-safe/water-safety for more information.

To schedule a presentation, contact Safe Kids San Diego at 858-576-1700, ext. 3547

The Safer 3, A Water Safety Program
The Safer 3 water safety program is based on the premise that no one is safe from drowning, but we can make it SAFER by focusing on three key concepts: safer water, safer kids and safer response.  Safer water means knowing there are risks with any body of water (bathtubs, spas, lakes, pools, oceans). Safer kids means that parents should be in constant arms-reach supervision and that the entire family should learn how to swim. Safer response means that families should have emergency plans in place, such as cell phones near the pool, skills in CPR, and first aid. This program uses child-friendly icons and activity books to engage children and reinforce these concepts.

Audience: Pre-school to grade 6; parents
Duration: 1 hour
Class size: Children, six-20; parents, six-30
Visit www.swimforlife.org for more information.