The cornerstones of the SPLASH program are:

  • To create a comprehensive website with videos and educational resources for caregivers
  • To coordinate community events at local waterways to educate others about water safety
  • To provide and connect parents and caregivers with CPR instruction
  • To partner with local swim schools and aquatic professionals to provide swim lessons for both children and parents
  • To promote the use of a “water watcher” during social gatherings at or near water and provide water watcher tags to families in our communities
  • To partner with community liaisons to strengthen ordinances that require home owners and apartment complexes to build and maintain adequate fencing, pool alarms, and other barriers to water
  • Educate families how to create multiple layers of protection between their children and water
  • To provide emotional support during and after a drowning incident

Water Safety Tips

  • ALWAYS supervise children when they are in or around water
  • Teach children how to swim
  • Teach children about the unexpected aspect of open water, such as uneven surfaces, currents, undertow, and weather
  • Pay attention to signs at pools and open bodies of water
  • Always swim with a buddy
  • Close doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms, and close and lock toilets
  • Backyard pools should have self-closing, self-latching gates that are at least 4-feet tall
  • Install pool alarms
  • Have weak or non-swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets, and always wear a life jacket while boating
  • Learn CPR
  • Additional Water Safety Tips Guide (English / Spanish)

Drowning Statistics

  • Each year, over 3,000 children under the age of 14 died during 2005-2014 in non-boating related drowning incident, and over 300 people died in boating-related accidents each year. That is about 10 deaths per day.*
  • Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 1-14.*
  • About half of all drowning incidents result in an emergency department visit.*