Virginia drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death among children under the age of 14. Injury and death from drowning can be avoided provided children have active parental supervision, are taught basic water safety skills, swim in safe environments, use appropriate safety gear and when parents demonstrate water safety behavior.
The DIVP is seeking your assistance in helping to prevent drownings by becoming the designated Water Watcher for children in and around water. A Water Watcher is the adult on duty who is responsible for actively supervising children in and around water. A Water Watcher wears an “official” tag and whistle when supervising children at the pool, beach, lake, river, or in open water. The Water Watcher kit contains:A Water Watcher tag, Whistle and Lanyard
• Information card that explains the Water Watcher program, responsibilities of a Water Watcher, and life saving information
• Drowning Prevention Tip Card
• 9.25” by 12” bag that holds the materials and has space for your agency’s information
Individuals can order up to 5 kits. Organizations can order up to 50 kits. To order your free Water Watcher Kit (s), click on the link below to complete an online order form. Kits will be mailed within two weeks and until supplies last.