The National Drowning Prevention Alliance, in partnership with The Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation  and sponsored by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, has completed the Safer 3 Early Education Drowning Prevention Program.

The early education program is a free curriculum available to any interested preschool, after-school care programs at YMCA’s, Park & Recreation Programs or other youth care agencies in the United States. The pilot program was successfully tested last spring in Tustin, CA. The curriculum is a 10-hour course that is designed to be taught over a one to two week period, however, the lesson plan does allow some flexibility in instruction. The curriculum focuses on the importance of the Safer 3 program: Safer Kids, Safer Water, Safer Response. Each lesson will be accompanied with an age appropriate activity for the children to complete to help them better understand the importance of water safety.

The program is especially critical to preschool through early grade school aged children (ages 4-7) because the statistics show that those children are at the most risk of unintentional drowning and near-drowning incidents. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death to children nationally, and the number one cause of unintentional death for children aged one to four. The CPSC estimates that an average of 5,100 pool- or spa-related submersion injuries were treated in hospital emergency departments each year from 2008 through 2010. The CPSC found that from 2006 to 2008 an annual average of 383 pool- or spa-related fatalities involved children younger than 15. More than three-quarters of the reported fatalities and nearly 80 percent of the treated injuries involved children younger than five.

If you are interested in teaching the Safer 3 Early Education Drowning Prevention Program, simply register (it’s free)  or login now and the download the curriculum at the link below.

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