Drowning is fast and silent. Assign an adult to watch children around water and learn how to recognize a swimmer in trouble.
- Learn how to recognize a swimmer in trouble. (see videos)
- Assign an adult Water Guardian whose only responsibility is to watch children who are in, near, or around water.
- If the assigned adult Water Guardian needs a break, the responsibility of watching the children must be assumed by another adult Water Guardian.
- The role of an adult Water Guardian differs from that of a lifeguard. The Water Guardian’s role is to watch and PREVENT emergencies. A lifeguard is trained to rescue in the event of an emergency.
- Teach children who cannot swim to stay away from water unless accompanied by a qualified adult. A qualified adult knows how to swim, stays within arm’s reach of the child, and maintains eye to eye contact with the child.
- Wear the Colin’s Hope Water Guardian badge as a physical reminder that you are on duty.
- Have a phone available for emergencies. Do not talk, text or surf the internet while you on Water Guardian duty!
- VIDEO: What Drowning Looks Like (Oasis Pools)
- VIDEO: INVESTIGATORS: Drowning Is Silent (My Fox9)
- VIDEO: Instinctive Drowning Response (Mario Vittone, CBSN)
- VIDEO: Reach or Throw, Don’t Go (WIVB TV, YouTube)
- ARTICLE: Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning (Mario Vittone)
- Take a Basic Water Rescue or Home Pool Essentials class.
- The American Red Cross offers these courses.
- Be a Water Guardian! Take the Colin’s Hope Water Guardian Pledge and the Pool Safely Pledge in front of your children. Document with a photo or video.
- Share your Pledge photos/videos on social media and encourage your family and friends to take the pledges.
- Read all of the Layers of Protection. Next layer: LEARN TO SWIM.
- Take and share the Colin’s Hope Water Safety Quiz.
- According to a study conducted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), most children who drowned in home pools were out of sight for fewer than five minutes. One or both parents were caring for them at the time.
- Lifeguards undergo professional training to learn to rescue distressed swimmers. Their duties do not include babysitting patrons of the pool or body of water. The Lifeguard’s role is to RESPOND to emergencies.
- Infographic: Chain of Drowning Survival (American Red Cross)
- Infographic: Circle of Drowning Prevention (American Red Cross)
- Link: NDPA’s “No More Drown” YouTube Channel (National Drowning Prevention Alliance)
- Article: Summer Fun Brings Drowning Concerns (The Augusta Chronicle)
- Link: Unintentional Drowning: Get the Facts (CDC)
- Link to American Red Cross: Tips for Water Safety (American Red Cross)