Drowning Prevention and Survival Swim Training for Children
The SAFE Swim Foundation, Swim And Float in Emergencies, supports and promotes drowning prevention, including survival swim training for infants, toddlers and children of various backgrounds:
children with limited resources
children with physical/mental limitations
children otherwise limited to drowning prevention resources
Drowning prevention education is provided for parents and caregivers.
Our mission is to provide infants, toddlers, and children with
the survival skills needed to prevent accidental drowning
a sense of achievement to help build confidence
coordination/strength for physical well being and to be a part of creating a safer, stronger, and healthier community.
A SAFE Swim Before and After Story
“When Emmie was 1, she loved helping her daddy clean the pool! As she does everything her daddy does she leaned over and put her hands in the water to splash and clean them off. As soon as she did she leaned a little too far and fell in. After my husband jumped in fully clothed he was able to pull her to safety.
Even though we were right there the whole time it was the most scary thing that had ever happened. When Emmie turned 2, she started swimming with Yaya! Yes, it was hard to watch sometimes but I knew that it could help save her life one day. After a couple of weeks swimming with Yaya, Emmie was once again playing by the steps and fell in. When I got to her she was on her back, staying afloat and making her way back to the steps, all on her own!! I knew then swimming at Yaya’s fishes saved her life and the best decision we had ever made.”
Courtesy of, Courtney Wewers, 2017
Arkansas ranks 7th in US for drowning related deaths among children
Arkansas drowning rate is 60% higher than national average
10 deaths per day due to drowning
Children ages 1-4 have the highest drowning rates
Formal swimming lessons reduce risk of drowning by 88%