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C Drowning Prevention/Water Safety (2007-2020) (Ongoing)

Fire/EMS | Communications & Marketing

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Start Date: 10/01/2019

End Date: 09/30/2020

Drowning is a leading cause of death among all children, and in Florida it is the number one cause of death in children under age four, with Broward County leading in this tragic statistic. Due to our close proximity to all forms of water and our high population of children, the City has made it a priority to heighten community awareness and focus on prevention efforts.

One of the most significant prevention strategies we employ is our partnerships with local agencies and schools to bring swimming lessons to children and families in the community, offering free swimming lesson vouchers for children under four years of age, and recently began partnering to offer adult swim lesson vouchers.


The Coral Springs Fire Department, together with our local partners, administers a program called “Watch Your Kid, You’ll Be Glad You Did”. This local community drowning prevention effort has become an action model for other cities in Broward County. The community team of agencies provides regular drowning prevention information and presents educational sessions to a wide range of community groups to raise awareness and provide pool safety instruction. The Police Department and Aquatics staff work together to support the message as part of their community outreach efforts.


As part our overall Life Safety education initiative, CPR training mannequins are brought to most community events to educate the public on CPR training techniques, which also supports our Pulse Point initiative in improving both the response to drowning as well as cardiac emergencies. Many other programs, such as Sleep Safe and Car Seat Safety Installations, are utilized to further drowning prevention efforts. This efforts have resulted in a major shift in survivability for local children who do have a drowning event, with seven out of nine making full recoveries.

This is an ongoing project.   This may be delayed, as it is a public gathering, due to the COVID-19 virus.

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