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.


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


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.




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


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


Florida Statistics

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

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


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.