The Y is committed to raising awareness around the preventable tragedy that is youth drowning. Swim lessons are an essential part of keeping kids safe in and around the water, but there’s no substitution for parental or adult supervision. Often times when everyone is watching the kids; that means no one is watching the kids. There should always be a water watcher; someone designated to watch the kids, especially when they’re around water.
How Can You Help?
Pick up a Water Watcher tag at your local YMCA, and pledge to be a Water Watcher. This means, making sure all kids are being ‘watched’ while in or around the water.
- Pick up your Water Watcher tag at your local YMCA.
- Take the Water Watcher Pledge to keep kids safe in and around the water:
- I pledge to be a Water Watcher to keep kids safe in and around the water. I agree to:
- Actively watch the children.
- Keep my eyes on the water.
- Avoid distractions.
- In an emergency pull all children out of the water, call 911 and begin CPR.
- Take a photo with your Water Watcher tag, and post on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, using #WaterWatcher #SafetyAroundWater. Then, share it with family and friends, local celebrities you know, and ask them to do the same.
Help us increase water safety awareness within the community. The more we get the word out, the more likely we are to prevent another death.
Drowning: How Big is the Problem?
- Drowning the leading cause of unintentional death for children under the age of 4 and second leading cause of unintentional death for children under the age of 12.
- Nationally 3 children die each day as a result of drowning.
- 60% of youth drowning incidents occur within 10 feet of safety.
- 88% of children who drowned were under some form of supervision.
- Children who have formal swim lesson are 88% less likely to have a drowning incident.