Arizona has a long history of child water-related incidents and remains second, only to Florida, in 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 and there has been an increase in children ages 5 through 9 years old.

Ninety-four percent of those child drowning deaths were preventable.

Safe Kids Pima County Water Safety Coalition

Through the efforts of the Safe Kids Pima County coalition, 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 April, Safe Kids Pima County partners with eight 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 = 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 Mulcahy YMCA at Kino Community 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 vests, will help keep our children safer in and around water. Lessons include:

  • Free swim lessons at local YMCA locations
  • Free PFD! - 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!

Call TMC's Desert Kids Safety at (520) 324-5604 for class times, registration and more information.

Classes available to the first 400 kids.