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A Look Inside Our New Parent Water Safety Toolkit

As summer approaches and families flock to pools, lakes, and beaches, the importance of water safety cannot be overstated. Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional injury-related deaths for children aged 1-4 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it’s a danger that can strike swiftly and silently.

At the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA), we are committed to equipping parents and caregivers with the tools they need to help prevent such tragedies. We are thrilled to introduce our new Parent Water Safety Toolkit, a comprehensive resource designed to promote water safety and prevent drowning incidents.

What’s Inside the Toolkit?

Our Parent Water Safety Toolkit is a treasure trove of information, resources, and tools, all available for FREE! Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, babysitter, or anyone responsible for the safety of children around water, this toolkit has something valuable for you.

1. Water Safety Checklists

Our checklists cover a wide range of scenarios, from backyard pools to trips to the beach. These checklists help ensure that safety precautions are taken before any water-related activity begins. They include:

  • Pool Safety Checklist
  • Beach Safety Checklist
  • Boating Safety Checklist
  • Swim Program Checklist

Each checklist is designed to be comprehensive yet easy to follow, ensuring that you don’t miss any crucial safety steps.

2. Educational Materials

Understanding the risks and knowing how to respond in an emergency can make all the difference. Our educational materials include:

  • Drowning Prevention Fact Sheets: These provide vital statistics and information on drowning risks and prevention strategies.
  • Safety Tips for Different Age Groups: Tailored advice for keeping children of various ages safe around water.

3. Interactive Activities

Learning about water safety can be engaging and fun. Our toolkit includes:

  • Printable Activity Sheets: These are designed for children to help them learn about water safety in a fun and interactive way. Activities include coloring pages, word searches, and safety-themed puzzles.
  • Family Safety Pledge: A pledge that families can take together to commit to practicing water safety.

4. 5 Layers of Protection and First Sport Campaign

Learn more about the 5 layers of protection:

Learn how to use each layer of protection with your family to be safer in and around the water. You can also learn more about how swimming and water competency should be the ‘First Sport’ that you child learns! Find the video PSA that features our youngest spokespeople – talking babies! 

5. More Resources

Sometimes, you need additional support or information. Find more information with videos which include the Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning PSA. There are also blogs that are shareable to help encourage your community to learn about the 5 layers of protection, the latest drowning statistics, and how you can be a Water Safety Champion. 

How to Use and Share the Toolkit

The beauty of our Parent Water Safety Toolkit lies in its accessibility and ease of use. Here’s how you can make the most of it:

  • Download and Print: All materials are available for free download from our website. Print out the checklists and educational materials to keep them handy.
  • Share with Others: Spread the word by sharing the toolkit with friends, family, and your community. Use social media to highlight the importance of water safety and encourage others to download the toolkit.
  • Incorporate into Daily Life: Use the checklists before any water-related activities and review the safety tips regularly with your children. Engage with the interactive activities to make learning about water safety a regular part of your family’s routine.

Join Us in Preventing Drowning

At the NDPA, we believe that drowning is preventable, and with the right knowledge and tools, we can all play a part in protecting our loved ones. We invite you to explore our Parent Water Safety Toolkit, use the resources, and share them widely. Together, we can create a safer environment for our children and prevent drowning tragedies.