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 5 Layers of Protection
Prevent the tragedy of drowning by implementing the 5 layers of protection.
Barriers & Alarms
BARRIERS & ALARMS — It's important to use four-sided fencing with self-closing, self-latching gates, pool safety covers, and alarm systems, to help prevent children and unauthorized adults from accessing water unsupervised.Learn More About Barriers & Alarms
SUPERVISION — Stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings with close, constant, and capable adult supervision from a designated water watcher or lifeguard anytime children are in or around water.Learn More About Supervision
WATER COMPETENCY — Every child and adult should be equipped with the skills to protect themselves in water by learning and enhancing their basic water safety skills to reduce the risk of drowning and aquatic-related injuries.Learn More About Water Competency
LIFE JACKETS — When used appropriately, life jackets protect you when you are not expecting to be in the water, especially around open water. Ensure your life jackets are tested & approved by the USCG.Learn More About Life Jackets
EMERGENCY PREPARATION — Knowing how to prepare for an emergency with CPR training with rescue breaths and basic water rescue skills can make the difference between life and death. Have a phone available and ready to call 911.Learn More About Emergency Prep.
Layers Work Together
LAYERS OF PROTECTION — Water safety isn’t just during swim time. Each layer should be used together when in or around water to help reduce the risk of drowning. You never know which layer will save a life.Learn More About Layers