With more than 130,000 backyard and community swimming pools as well as countless miles of canals, coastline, and lakefronts, it is no surprise that Broward Country continually leads the country in toddler drowning deaths. Studies show that with proper education every drowning death is preventable – therefore Broward County, together with the YMCA, have joined to safeguard our kids from unfortunate childhood tragedies, like drowning, by pledging to be Water Watchers. Water Watchers actively watch children, keeping their eyes on the water, avoiding distractions, pulling all children out of the water, and calling 911 in an emergency. The YMCA of Broward County is committed to leading the effort to increase awareness of this preventable tragedy by making kids and adults safer in and around the water through the SPLASH program which offers free swim lessons. We are all committed to educating and promoting drowning prevention through supervision, barriers and alarms and swimming lessons year round.
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