Drowning is silent, and can happen in as fast as 30 seconds
Almost 70% of childhood drownings happen during non-swim times
88% of child drownings occur with at least 1 adult present
We lose 10 school buses of children to unintentional drownings each year
Drowning is Preventable
United, We Can Prevent the Tragedy of Drowning
The National Drowning Prevention Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the incidence of drowning and preventing tragedy around water. The statistics are staggering, and drowning doesn’t discriminate. The good news, drowning is completely preventable! Learn how to keep your family safer around water by implementing layers of protection.
Know the Layers of Protection
Do Your Part To Prevent the Tragedy of Drowning by Implementing These Layers of Protection.
BarriersFour-sided fencing with self-closing self-latching gates, door and window alarms, and safety covers can help make sure kids don't get to the water unsupervised.
Supervision Close, constant, and capable adult supervision anytime children are in or around water. Swimming where lifeguards are present is also recommended.
Water CompetencyEvery child and adult should be equipped with the skills to protect themselves in water.
Life JacketsUse life jackets when appropriate. Life Jackets protect you when you're not expecting to be in the water, especially around open water and while boating. All life jackets should be tested and approved by the USCG.
Emergency PreparationDrowning is silent and happens fast. Knowing CPR (w/ rescue breaths) and basic water rescue can make the difference between life and death.
Layers Work Together
Layers of ProtectionUsing all layers together is the only way to reduce the risk of drowning. You never know which layer will save a life.