Water Smart Broward

Water Smart Broward is a county-wide drowning prevention initiative to create a water safety culture within each local community to protect children from drowning fatalities, disabilities and injuries.

GOAL:

Reduce fatal and nonfatal drowning among the most vulnerable population, children ages 1 to 4.

STRATEGY:

Provide education related to the four components
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Broward County Drowning Prevention Task Force

Purpose: A community coalition to create, coordinate and monitor strategic prevention interventions throughout Broward County.

Mission: To protect children from drowning fatalities and aquatic related disabilities and injuries by promoting safer behaviors and strategic community-wide education within Broward County.

Vision: To achieve and sustain a zero drowning rate among children in Broward County.

Strategic Plan 2015 – 2016

For more information about drowning prevention and the Drowning Prevention Task Force, please call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, Drowning Prevention Program.
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(954) 467-4700

Contact

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SWIM Central is the Broward County Commission’s primary resource and referral service for available swim programs in cooperation with Broward cities and nonprofits.

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The mission of the  SWIMS Foundation is to promote and support community efforts to prevent drowning.

Drowning Statistics

Broward County

  • Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 – 4.
  • Broward County has one of the highest rates of drowning fatalities among children ages 1 to 4 each year.
  • Broward County has an average of 8 drowning fatalities annually among children ages 1 to 4.
  • Most children who die from a drowning were never intended to be in the water . . . they wandered away from a supervised area to enter water alone.
Fatal Drownings, by Year and Age, 2008-2012

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Florida Statistics

Non-Fatal Drowning Hospitalization Admission Charges and Payer Source, Florida Residents

Median Admission Charge: $16,034
Total Admission Charges: > $16 million

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US Statistics

  • In Florida, drowning happen year round; however, most fatal and non-fatal drowning combined occur during the spring and summer.
  • In 2012, 68% of drowning deaths and non-fatal hospitalizations combined occurred during the months of April through September.

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