THINKING IT CAN'T HAPPEN IS ONE REASON IT DOES
THE SAD TRUTH ABOUT
They happen because drowning is extremely difficult to detect even for trained eyes, often being silent, taking only seconds, and striking any swimmer regardless of ability.
Its results devastate the lives of the victims, their families, the staff, and the community.
espite a diligent and caring staff, as many as 25% or more occur even with lifeguards on watch.
"I'VE SPOKEN TO THOSE WHO HAD EXPERIENCED AN EVENT YEARS AGO AT THEIR FACILITY, AND THEIR EYES STILL SWELL UP WITH TEARS. THE PAIN NEVER GOES AWAY. "
– DAVE CUTLER, WAVE COFOUNDER
"DROWNING IS THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF
INJURY RELATED DEATHS FOR CHILDREN AGES 1 to 14 YEARS."
"88% OF CHILDREN DROWNINGS OCCUR UNDER SUPERVISION."
"FOR CHILDREN 5 TO 9 YEARS OF AGE AND CHILDREN 10 TO 14 YEARS OF AGE,
THE PUBLIC/COMMUNITY/BUSINESS LOCATION ACCOUNTED
FOR THE LARGEST PERCENTAGE OF REPORTED DROWNINGS"
"... DEATH RATES AMONG CHILDREN IN SWIMMING POOLS
HAVE BARELY BUDGED OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS."