National Drowning Prevention Alliance
     “Lifesaver of the Year” Award 2012 & 2020
        “Community Lifesaver” Award 2016 & 2018

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Drownings “I Didn’t Know…”


  • Water safety is not common sense, yet it is assumed to be ‘common sense’
  • The mass population does not know or understand that drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death in the U.S. and the world.

Most people do not know these water safety basics:

Top 10 Basics

  1. WHO Report & CDC Statistics
  2. Males 80% – Red Cross Report – Men vs. Women
  3. True Swimming Ability – 54% of Americans
  4. The Signs of Drowning
  5. Drowning Survival Strategy – Flip, Float, Follow – Floatation is the Key!
  6. Water hazards – Surf, dangerous currents, cold water, ice, etc.
  7. Water Safety – Swim near a lifeguard, life vest, rescue equipment, First responders/call boxes.
  8. Rescue Breaths – Compression Only Not Sufficient
  9. Basic Water Rescue – ‘would-be’ rescuers often become drowning victims
  10. Compassion


Part of the funding for this video was provided in part by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Lake Michigan Coastal Program.