The Valley of the Sun YMCA is proud to partner with Arizona’s Family to help Arizonans Swim Safe this summer. Together, we are committed to raising awareness around preventable accidental drownings that we see every year. Please join us to commit to swim safe this summer and to being a water watcher.
DROWNING: HOW BIG IS THE PROBLEM?
- Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children under the age of four and second leading cause of unintentional death for children under the age of 12.
- Nationally, three 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 lessons are 88% less likely to have a drowning incident.
- Drowning is fast and silent – it can happen in as little as 20 seconds.
MEET MARIA HECHANOVA, OUR SWIM SAFE MEDIA AMBASSADOR
Swim Safe media ambassador Maria Hechanova knows what it means to practice safety around water. Having spent a vast majority of her life in the pool, Maria grew up in Arizona and swam competitively for Ironwood High School and Northern Arizona University. While her talent and passion as a collegiate athlete were obvious, she also developed a love for journalism. That love took has taken her from Arizona to New York City, Lansing, MI., and back to Arizona again, where she now resides as a reporter for Arizona’s Family.
Maria’s desire to combine her passions for aquatics and journalism make her the perfect person to lead the 2020 Swim Safe campaign for the Valley of the Sun YMCA and Arizona’s Family.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
- Download a Water Watcher Tag.
Water Watcher Tag (English) Water Watcher Tag (Spanish)
- Take the Water Watcher pledge to keep kids safe in and around water.
I pledge to be a Water Watcher to keep kids safe in and around the water.
I agree to:
- Actively watch all 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. Post on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, using #SwimSafe, #WaterWatcher and #SafetyAroundWater. Share the Water Watcher tag with family and friends 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.