Mission and vision

Water Smart Broward

Water Smart Broward is a county-wide drowning prevention initiative to create a water safety culture within each local community to protect children from drowning fatalities, disabilities and injuries.


Reduce fatal and non-fatal drowning among the most vulnerable population, children ages 1 to 4.

Provide education related to the four components of the Drowning Prevention Chain:

Close Constant Capable Supervision

Education Knowledge Of Risk

Denial of access to water

Acquisition of survival skills

Broward County Drowning Prevention Task Force

Purpose: A community coalition to create, coordinate and monitor strategic prevention interventions throughout Broward County.

Mission: To protect children from drowning fatalities and aquatic related disabilities and injuries by promoting safer behaviors and strategic community-wide education within Broward County.

Vision: To achieve and sustain a zero drowning rate among children in Broward County.

Drowning Statistics

Broward County

  • Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 – 4.
  • Broward County has one of the highest rates of drowning fatalities among children ages 1 to 4 each year.
  • Broward County has an average of 8 drowning fatalities annually among children ages 1 to 4.
  • Most children who die from a drowning were never intended to be in the water . . . they wandered away from a supervised area to enter water alone.


Non-Fatal Drowning Hospitalization Admission Charges and Payer Source, Florida Residents

Median Admission Charge: $16,034

Total Admission Charges: > $16 million


  • In Florida, drowning happen year round; however, most fatal and non-fatal drowning combined occur during the spring and summer.
  • With the State of Florida being covered with a variety of different water sources, residents (and tourist) can not afford to let their guard down at any point throughout the year.
  • Drownings happen in as little as 2″ of water and at any time of year.