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Drowning Prevention

Florida Department of Health in Broward County


The Children’s Services Council of Broward County has partnered with Broward County’s SWIM Central program to provide a coupon with a value of $40 to help offset the cost of swimming instruction for children ages 8 and under. Click here to receive a swim coupon.

The majority of drownings occur when a child walks out the door unsupervised! Drowning is the leading cause of death of children ages 1-4 years in Broward County.  Through funding from the Children’s Service Council of Broward County and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Florida Department of Health in Broward County leads the efforts in drowning prevention in Broward County by coordinating a community-wide response to this issue. In addition to leading the Drowning Prevention Task Force, DOH-Broward serves as a resource for drowning prevention information and education, provides technical assistance, consultations, and training to local public and private organizations.

Drowning Prevention Task Force:                           
The Drowning Prevention Task Force is a community coalition that addresses drowning prevention and related issues in Broward County. Coalition members include experts in aquatics, public health, law enforcement, fire rescue, local hospitals, pediatricians, family strengthening providers, children's services providers, local municipalities and community members. For more information, visit Water Smart Broward Task Force.

Community Education:
Drowning prevention education and awareness training are provided through the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue Division for Community Education and other local community partners.