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Drowning Prevention

Learning water safety skills saves lives. We can enjoy all the summer fun San Diego has to offer when we put water safety first.

Children one to four years old are at the greatest risk for drowning. This is preventable!

Parents can create a safer place for their child to swim.
Learn the dangers of drowning and how to reduce them.

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Always keep your eyes on your child

Drowning is silent and can happen in as little as 30 seconds. Learn the signs of drowning. Name a “Water Watcher” to always watch children in the water.
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Learn the life skill of swimming

Living in San Diego means access to the ocean, lakes, and many public swimming pools. Swim lessons help children learn to be safe around the water.
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Stay safer around swimming pools

Home swimming pools are the most common way children ages 1-4 drown. Fencing around the pool, self-closing or self-latching gates, and pool alarms can save lives.
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Never leave your child alone in a bathtub

Drowning can happen in less than 2 inches of water. Children under the age of one can drown in bathtubs, buckets, and toilets.
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Reduce the dangers in open water

Swim in an area with a lifeguard when at the beach or lake. Do not swim alone, even if you are a good swimmer. Follow red flag warnings and other posted rules.
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Life jackets save lives

Life jackets reduce your risk of drowning. If you are on a boat, you should wear a life jacket. Children should always wear life jackets while in and around natural water.
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Learn CPR rescue breaths

CPR and rescue breaths save lives. Use 30 chest compressions followed by 2 rescue breaths on a drowning victim.
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Presented by Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego, the County of San Diego, and First 5 San Diego, San Diego Swim Safer is a public education campaign geared toward increasing knowledge of the dangers of unsafe swimming, drowning prevention methods and where to access swim lessons.

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