May is Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Awareness Month

With summer vacation around the corner, county officials announced a $250,000 grant Monday to expand the Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego’s swim lesson and water safety program. 

The county will also support drowning prevention education and outreach through First 5 San Diego.

Drowning is the number one cause of unintentional injury deaths for children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause of death for children under 14, according to county officials. It is also preventable through water safety education, swim instruction and learning how to provide CPR with rescue breathing.

Learning to swim is the best defense against drowning. A series of free summer pool parties are planned across the county to provide water safe opportunities to communities with limited access:

  • San Marcos Pool – May 15, 2022 / 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. / International Water Safety Day
  • Bud Kearns Pool – June 18, 2022 / 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. / Happy “90th” Anniversary
  • Fletcher Hills Pool – June 23, 2022 / 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. / World’s Largest Swim Lesson
  • Carmel Valley Pool – July 23, 2022 / 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. / National Drowning Prevention Week
  • Vista Terrace Pool – August 5, 2022 / 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. / Happy “50th” Anniversary & Dive-In Movie

May is Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Awareness Month in San Diego County. For more information about the SD SWIMS grant program and water safety, go to the Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego.