Drowning is the leading cause of injury death to children ages one to four—and the second leading cause of injury death for children ages one to 14, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The newly formed Ann Arbor Water Safety Coalition (AAWSC) was founded to make Ann Arbor the best water safety city in America and prevent drowning.
The Ann Arbor Water Safety Coalition includes partners such as Great Lakes Surf and Rescue, Safe Kids Huron Valley, Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor, Rolling Hills Water Park, Huron Ambulance, Daycroft Montessori School, the YMCA, Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor and others.
The mission of the Ann Arbor Water Safety Coalition is to connect with as many families as possible to provide critical water safety information. In partnership with Safe Kids Huron Valley, the Ann Arbor Water Safety Coalition was recently awarded a $1000 grant to use towards local water safety education efforts.
The Coalition plans to host several community events and educational seminars/presentations in the coming months. The Coalition is also looking to add additional community members and partner with new networks in order to share water safety information with as many families as possible.
The AAWSC is hosting a free community kick off event on Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor. The event will feature water safety presentations by Safe Kids Huron Valley, The American Red Cross, Great Lakes Surf and Rescue as well as open family swim for guests to enjoy. All are welcome.