How big of an issue is drowning?
Around the world, over 400,000 people die from drowning every year. Florida continually leads the US in drowning deaths with around 400 deaths a year.
Who is at risk?
While drowning affects all age groups, the largest burden of death is usually 1-4 year olds. It is the leading cause of injury death in this age group.
What can I do to keep myself and my family safe?
- Know your limits: Do no get yourself in to aquatic environments that go beyond your skills.
- Never swim alone: An unguarded beach is a recipe for disaster. Seek out a beach or pool with professional lifeguards or, at the very least, be around others who can call for help.
- Become water competent: The goal isn’t to be an olympic swimmer, but rather to be able to survive and reach a stable surface. Seek out instruction on water survival and basic swim lessons for all family members
What can I can more information?
- WaterSmart FL: Evidence-based education and resources specific to Florida
- Red Cross Water Competency: Video overview of the Red Cross steps to become “water competent”
- Jax4Kids: List of some local resources for swim lessons