We live in a High-Income country but drowning rates among lower income residents and those ages 1 to 15 are at the greatest risk. Action can be taken at a local level, and this is what can you do to reduce accidental death by drowning.
(1) Barriers. Make sure your swimming pool has a secure fence around it with a locked gate to make sure the young or a curious toddler doesn’t have access to the pool.
(2) Supervision. In the bathtub, swimming pool, beach, lake or river, Parents and Guardians must watch the young at all times and to ensure they stay within close range in the event help is needed.
(3) Swim skills. Learning survival swim skills at a young age has proven to be an effective method to reduce drowning. Basic swim skills with the ability to swim just 10-20 yards could be the difference between life and death. Swimming lessons at the YMCA, for example are highly recommended. The Aquatic Capital of America has a “Waterproof our Youth” program to provide these swim skills at no cost to for lower income residents. Go to their website and click on “contact us” for more information. Adults are also encouraged to learn swimming skills.
(4) Rescue and Resuscitation. This resolution asks all citizens to learn CPR, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. In an emergency, call 911 and become the first responder to provide rescue breaths and chest compressions before professional first responders arrive. Seconds matter! CPR skills provide the critical moments to save a life. See your local Red Cross for classes at www.redcross.org.
Aquatic Capital member Paul Dunning brings this good news to you as a world leader in drowning prevention by successfully achieving the key points of the United Nations Global Drowning Prevention resolution long ago. In 2006, Paul and John Pearce, both long-time Long Beach residents and lifeguards, founded Project Ecuador, an international lifeguard training program by the Long Beach Lifeguard Association targeting Ecuador’s most dangerous beaches with the highest incidence of drowning.
Over the next 5 years, the training programs expanded to all coastal regions targeting 20 beaches and they trained and provided rescue equipment and uniforms to over 150 Ecuadorians through successful donation campaigns, of which over 70% were from Long Beach citizens.
Paul and John met with key government leaders and promoted Project Safe Beaches, a National Water Safety Plan emphasizing the need for professional lifeguards. In October 2011, Ecuador’s Government created legislation supporting professional lifeguards and invested $400,000 to support the cause. Lifeguards in Ecuador are thriving and have proven themselves to be the best in Latin America. Project Ecuador changed public policy, and drowning rates fell an astonishing 31%.
Project Ecuador received the Sustainable Development Award by Sister Cities International in 2012. Also in 2012, Paul Dunning was appointed Director US Aid by the International Life Saving Federation – Americas Region, continuing the global effort to reduce drowning in several countries.
Drowning is preventable and you can be part of the solution.
Thanks for the information is this article goes to:
Founder, Project Ecuador
Director US Aid. International Life Saving Federation-Americas Region 2012 – 2019
Member, Long Beach Lifeguards Alumni
Member, Aquatic Capital of America