San Diego Junior Lifeguards participating in this Pier Jump will be sharing their stories on how they learned to swim through this funded program at Hage Elementary.
According to “Buc” Buchanan, president of the Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego, “More than 840 people have drowned in San Diego in the last 20 years. It’s important for children in our community to have the opportunity to enjoy the water safely. We are a local nonprofit helping San Diego kids from local schools learn to swim in local pools. Every $100 donation can save a life by funding swim lessons for one child in our community.”
Did you know…
The goal of swim lessons is to make children safer in, on, and around water.
• Among children 1-14, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death.
• Formal swimming lessons reduces the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88 percent.
• 79 percent of children in households with incomes less than $50,000 have little-to-no swimming ability.
• Research shows 64 percent of African-American, 45 percent of Hispanic/Latino, and 40 percent of Caucasian children have little to no swimming ability.
The mission of the Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego is to save lives by funding swim lessons for underserved youth and providing aquatic safety education for all. Drowning is preventable and it is our vision to teach every child in San Diego County how to swim!
Foundation impacts for 2018: $150,000 funded impacting more than 10,500 kids. This includes 6,000 swim lessons / visit to the beach experiences along with 4,500 aquatic safety lectures.