WATER WATCHER

Take the Pledge. Be a Water Watcher. Save Lives.

The Y is committed to raising awareness around the preventable tragedy that is youth drowning. While fatal drowning is a concern for all people, it’s the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years old.

But the reality is, accidental drowning is 100 percent preventable. In fact, participation in formal swim lessons can reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88 percent. All children deserve access to water, and the Y has been a leader in providing group swim lessons since 1909. Today, in 2,200 pools across the country, the Y teaches more than a million children from all backgrounds invaluable water safety and swim skills.

And now we need your help. Sign up to be a Water Watcher and make a commitment to being an active and engaged observer when children are around any body of water — a lake or creek, a community pool, a backyard hot tub or even the Y.

Take the pledge, and then pick up a Water Watcher badge at the front desk at any YMCA of Boulder Valley location.

Watcher Watcher Pledge

I pledge to be a Water Watcher:

  • Actively watch children when they are in or near any body of water
  • Keep my eyes on the water
  • Avoid distractions
  • Pull all children out of the water and call 911 in an emergency

Remember to pick up your Water Watcher badge. Take a photo with it and then share. Post the photo on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #WaterWatcher and tagging us (@ymcabv on Twitter and Instagram, and @YMCA of Boulder Valley on Facebook).

Together we can save lives and help increase water safety awareness within the community. The more we get the word out, the more likely we are to prevent youth drowning.