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Teach others who would like to learn about water safety such as CPR, or even how to swim.


There is no form of safety that is more important around water than adult supervision.


Always have the proper fences and closing mechanisms to reduce the risk by

Drowning Statistics

Once children can swim like fish, it's essential to continue to block access to water. Entry for any family member into water should only be allowed with direct supervision because a drowning can happen to anyone at anytime.

Learn what to do in an emergency. If a child is missing, check the pool first. Keep your CPR skills sharp by refreshing them once a year, and teach children how to swim at the appropriate age.

Watch children closely when they have access to the water. More than two-thirds of children who drown in Arizona were not expected to be near the pool. When swimming with children, stay close enough to touch them if they need assistance. Make sure you have a designated adult to watch children when they swim, especially at large gatherings.

Block access to swimming pools with Layers of Protection. The best barrier is a pool fence. Add childproof locks and chimes on doors leading to the backyard to make your home water-safe. Never prop open a gate, and make sure that children cannot climb furniture or trees to get into the pool area.

The Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona is a community based organization comprised of parents, health and safety professionals and business leaders that exists to provide a forum to prevent drowning and non-fatal drownings through the promotion of education, legislative action and enhanced product safety.

Sign up for a CPR class in your community today!

This commercial shows just how fast a tragedy at the pool can happen. The message is that if you do not know how to perform CPR, you create a barrier between yourself and saving a life. 

Warning: Video may be disturbing to some.

Break the Barrier

‚ÄčAustralian CPR ad by St. John Ambulance

  • Drowning is the leading cause of death in Arizona for ages 1 to 4.
  • Children from the ages of 1 to 4 have the highest drowning risk.
  • Everyday, about 10 people die from drowning - of these 10, two are children aged 14 or younger.
  • Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of death in the United States.
  • For every child that dies from drowning, 5 of them will receive emergency care for non-fatal submersions.
  • Non-fatal drownings can cause long term disabilities such as brain damage, memory problems, learning disabilities and permenant loss of basic functions (e.g. permenant vegetative state)
  • Males are at higher risk - nearly 80% of people who die from drowning are male.

Drowning Prevention & Awareness


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