According to the Florida Department of Children and Families, seventy-three children died from drowning in 2014. In addition, "Florida loses more children under the age of five to drowning than any other state in the nation."
In an effort to prevent further drowning fatalities, the Florida Department of Children and Families along with state and local partners launched two water safety initiatives last year geared toward caregivers and children respectively.
With area temperatures as hot as they are right now, it is the perfect time to revisit these resources and ensure safe summertime swimming.
Eyes on the Kids
Encourages parents and caregivers to practice four water safety rules: supervision, barriers, swimming lessons and emergency preparedness.
Water Safety Is For Everyone
Coloring sheets, activity pages and other fun downloads for children. Free water safety program are also available by reservation.