Drowning Prevention Toolkit

Drowning Prevention

AAP Campaign/Toolkits

Drowning can happen to any family. It’s quick, and it’s silent. Drowning is the single-leading cause of death among children aged 1-4, and a top cause of death among teens. We can lower these rates if pediatricians, parents and policy-makers work together to implement the types of solutions we know will keep children safe. Please share these resources with parents and caregivers.


Drowning Prevention During COVID-19

While families are spending more time at home this summer with caregivers who may be distracted, AAP recommends multiple layers of protection to keep children and teens safe around water. The AAP offers tips to protect children during the pandemic, media soundbites and b-roll.

»» Read here

AAP Voices Blog

AAP Pediatricians tell their stories of the importance of swim lessons.

»» Counseling Families about Water Safety a Matter of Practice Quality

»» Addressing Cultural and Religious Barriers to Water Safety


Pool Safety

Water Safety Tips for New Parents

Water Safety When Your Child Is Crawling

Water Safety When Your Child Is Walking

Water Safety When You Have a Curious Toddler

Can Your Child Swim?

Water Safety for Teens

Information for Parents


Social Media Graphics

Download and share these drowning prevention graphics on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Water Safety for Crawlers

Drowning Prevention

Pool Fences Save Lives

Water Hazards at Home

Water Safety for Teens

Importance of Swim Lessons

Get Water Smart!

Assign a Water Watcher

Advocacy Resources

Make a difference in your communities by advocating for state and local action.


Life Jackets

Pool Fencing

Writing Toolkit (login required)
For Letters, Op-Eds or Blogs

AAP Recommendations

Speaking Points (login required)
Drowning Prevention

​Sample Po​sts for Social Media

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When at the pool, assign a water watcher– an adult who will pay constant attention to children in the water. That means put down the cellphone! More #watersafety tips here. #DrowningPrevention pic.twitter.com/cmyOatSHVV

Toddlers are naturally curious – and they’re quick to discover new things to explore. Make sure to remember water safety when child-proofing your house. #DrowningPrevention pic.twitter.com/V55TMByjCY

Did you know that teens (15-19 years old) have the second highest fatal drowning rate out of any age group? Keep teens safer with layers of protection and these tips. #DrowningPrevention pic.twitter.com/4hOY9jdUE2