Partners

Many partners are needed to prevent the tragedy of drowning among Florida’s children. From businesses and community groups to parents and individual advocates, everyone has a role to play in drowning prevention.  Being a WaterSmart Safety Partner is easy.  We simply need you to help spread the word about pool and water safety by educating your colleagues, neighbors, and friends.  Here are some ways you can help:

  • Download the WaterSmartFL Web banner to post on your homepage and link directly to our website.
  • Feature WaterSmartFL posters, window clings, pool safety brochures, and post cards at your business or office.
  • Use your newsletters, newspapers, magazines, email blasts, or other publications to educate your employees, customers and members about the importance of pool safety and drowning prevention.
  • Use your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media platforms to educate your followers about the importance of pool safety.
  • Distribute Water Watcher tags to consumers and members. This is an important tool that will encourage more active supervision and help adults know who is watching the pool while children are playing.
  • Show safety videos at your next conference or meeting or at your retail locations.
  • Encourage homeowners to add layers of protection. Offer special promotions and sales on different types of barriers. Offer or refer your employees, colleagues and friends to CPR classes.
  • Establish a life jacket loaner board program at lakes and beaches. Life jackets save lives. More information about life jacket loaner boards is available at https://www.boatus.org/life-jacket-loaner/downloads/loaner-program-guide.pdf.
  • Make sure your children know how to swim. Find swim lessons near you at the American Red Cross (https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/swimming/swim-lessons/kids-swim-lessons), YMCA (https://www.ymca.net/find-your-y/), or through your city/county’s recreation and parks office. 

 


Events

 

FEBRUARY 2019

February 2, 2019
Great Naples Duck Race and Water Safety Festival
Naples, FL
https://www.duckrace.com/naples

February 28, 2019
South Florida Water Safety Symposium
Sunrise, FL
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/south-florida-water-safety-symposium-tickets-53265359123

 

MARCH 2019

March 24-27, 2019
International Boating & Water Safety Summit
Jacksonville, FL
https://www.ibwss.org/

 

MAY 2019

May 2019
Water Safety Month
https://www.nationalwatersafetymonth.org/

May 5, 2019
Swim Miami 2019
Miami, FL
https://swimmiami.net/

 

JUNE 2019

June 20, 2019
World’s Largest Swimming Lesson
Multiple sites around the world
https://www.wlsl.org

 

SEPTEMBER 2019

September 21, 2019
YMCA of South Florida Beach Ball
Location TBD
https://ymcasouthflorida.org/event/beachball2019/

 

 

Swim classes:  Contact the American Red Cross, YMCA, or your city/county recreation and parks office to find classes near you.

 

Local Drowning Prevention Partnership activities:  Contact your local Safe Kids Coalition to find out when and where your local partnership meets.