Layers of Protection – Drowning is 100% preventable


It’s silent, happens quickly and is 100% preventable: Florida has the highest overall unintentional drowning death rate for 1-4 year olds, three times the national average. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) latest data shows there were 346 reported fatal child drownings in pools and spas in 2014 involving children younger than 15, of the 346 reported fatal child drownings in 2014, 252 involved children younger than 5. By no means has Collier County been spared this preventable tragedy. According to the Bureau of Vital Statistics, drowning is the leading cause of death of children ages one to four in Collier County.

The NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition recognizes that multiple layers of protection are necessary to prevent drowning. We stresses that NO single device or solution can prevent child drownings. Parents, caregivers, aquatic facility owners, managers and operators should use “layers of protection” to provide a system of increased security to prevent unauthorized access to bodies of water, especially important for children. This means that multiple strategies or devices are used constantly and simultaneously.

Layers include various types of barriers, including supervision, fences, pool covers, alarms, education, and more. Some layers aid in preventing access to the water, such as fences or pool safety covers. Other types of layers, such as alarms, will alert adults immediately if the barriers have been crossed. And finally, some layers are intended to minimize injury should a child gain access to the water, such as swim instruction, proper rescue techniques, and knowing CPR.

Please help share the following four messages to help prevent the loss of another child!

  • Supervise – Never take your eyes off children in and around water.
  • Use Barriers – Fences, self-closing/self-latching gates and secured doors with alarms can prevent young children from wandering into the pool. Check for broken or missing drain covers.
  • Learn to Swim – To stay safer in the water, all family members should learn to swim well.
  • Know How to Respond  – Get training in basic water rescue skills, first aid and CPR. Have rescue equipment and a phone by the pool.


National Drowning Prevention Alliance



Collier County Sheriff’s Office – A Preventable Tragedy

Print Materials

Water Proof Florida Physical Barriers

Water Proof Florida Physical Barriers (Spanish)

Water Safety Checklist

Water Safety Checklist (Spanish)

NDPA Protect your Child From Drowning Outside your Home

NDPA Protect your Child From Drowning Outside your Home (Spanish)

NPDA Protect your Child From Drowning Inside your Home

NDPA Protect your Child From Drowning Inside your Home (Spanish)

Water Safety Brochure (English)

Water Safety Brochure (Spanish)

Swimming Instruction, Water Safety Instruction and CPR Directory:

SWIM LESSONS – Collier County

  • Greater Naples YMCA (Ages 6 months +) 5450 YMCA Road, Naples 239-597-3148
  • Greater Marco Family YMCA (Ages 6 months +) 101 Sand Hill St, Marco Island 239-597-3148
  • Sun-N-Fun Lagoon (Ages 6 months +) 15000 Livingston Rd (239) 252-4021
  • Golden Gate Aquatic Facility (Ages 6 months +) 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd (239) 252-6128
  • Immokalee Sports Complex (Ages 5 months +) 505 Escambia St., Immokalee (239) 657-1951
  • City of Naples – River Park Aquatic Facility (Ages 3 months +) 451 11th Street North, Naples, 239-213-3037
  • American Red Cross Collier County Chapter (Ages 6 months +) 239-596-6868

CPR CLASSES- Collier County

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