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.
Take the Pool Safety Pledge — include the entire family and share the message with everyone.
Making News: Mary Beth Moran on the TODAY Show
Mary Beth Moran appeared on the TODAY show on Aug. 18, 2018 to discuss the importance of designating a “water watcher” when at a swimming pool or beach to ensure an adult is always watching children. The segment focused on how cellphones distract parents from watching their child, which is directly linked to an increase in drownings.
Drowning Prevention Task Force
Safe Kids San Diego has a Drowning Prevention Task Force that is very active. Each year, the group hosts April Pools Days at public recreation centers and YMCAs throughout the county. These FREE events showcase all aspects of water safety and provide families with hands-on experience in CPR, simple rescues, free swim lessons and the use of Water Watcher Tags (see below).
Water Watcher Tags
Water Watcher Tags, which were developed and are distributed by the task force, lists various ways adults can protect children when near or in the water. These tags are to be given to a responsible adult who can adhere to the responsibilities below:
- Keeping a constant eye on children in and near water.
- 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 Water Watcher time.
- Having a cell phone on hand and calling 911 if needed.
- Starting CPR if needed.
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.
See why having a Water Watcher to constantly watch the kids is so important. Check out the video below.
Video: No One is Watching
Water Safety Resources
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 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. 243547
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.stopdrowningnow.org for more information.