Arizona has a long history of child water-related incidents and remains in the top 4 states with the highest number of child drownings in the United States. The largest percentage of drowning deaths has been among children ages one through four years.

Drowning accounted for 27 child deaths and 3 percent of all child deaths in Arizona in 2016. One hundred percent of the 2016 child-drowning fatalities were identified as preventable. The largest percentage of drowning deaths has been among children ages 1-4 years of age.

Safe Kids Pima County Water Safety Coalition

Through the efforts of the Safe Kids Pima County, community partners and the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona we ask you to join our effort in ensuring kids are safe in and around water.

Water Safety is for You!

Each Spring, Safe Kids Pima County partners with area schools to teach an integrative first-grade curriculum that reinforces the ABCs of water safety:

A = Adult supervision
B = Barriers around pools, spas and hot tubs
C = Coast Guard Approved Life Vest and classes; swim lessons and life-saving CPR classes

Through funding secured by donations and grants, more than 800 children participate in this exciting life-saving program. Upon completion of the classroom teaching, all the schools come together for the Water Safety is for YOU! event at the Pascua Yaqui Wellness Center. The children enjoy a day of song, interactive activities and rewards to celebrate their commitment to water safety.

Vest It Up!

Credit Union for Kids and TMC for Children offer Vest It Up! -- a water-safety program that offers FREE year-round swim lessons at dates, times and locations that meet the needs of busy families. We believe that arming parents and children with water safety education and classes combined with life-saving weight-apppropriate life vests, will help keep our children safer in and around water. Lessons include:

  • Free swim lessons at local YMCA locations
  • Free U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vests for kids completing swim classes
  • Available to kids ages 4 through 17

Register doesn't have to be summer!

Classes available to the first 400 kids.