2 seconds is 2 long…to turn your back on a child in water.

The Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition was formed in late summer 2012 in an effort to address our community’s staggering statistics:

  • In the summer of 2016, the equivalent of five classrooms of children did not return to school in Texas because of fatal drowning
  • Tarrant County consistently ranks in the top 3 counties in Texas for total and per capita pediatric drowning deaths
  • Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 5 y.o.
  • For adults, drowning is the 5th leading cause of accidental death
  • For every fatal drowning, another five patients will receive emergency room treatment for nonfatal drowning.  More than 50% of these patients will require long-term care.
  • 70% of African Americans, 60% of Latinos and 40% of Caucasians have low or no swimming ability.

100% of drownings are preventable and you can help: