Why Become A Water Safety Champion?
Drowning is the single leading cause of death for children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children ages 5-18.
Through your interactions with children during critical times in their lives, you have the power to influence them on the importance of water safety.
By becoming a Water Safety Champion and sharing the Layers of Protection, you’re showing parents you care about more than just providing healthcare for their kids—you’re giving them peace of mind to keep their children safe beyond office visits.
Showcase your Water Safety Champion Status by accessing exclusive free downloads, social content, printables, and other free resources available in your Water Safety Champion toolkit after sign up.
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.