Working Together
To Save Lives

Our Important Mission
Saving Lives

Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego believes that drowning is preventable and it is our mission to engage the community in a continuum of water safety programs and initiatives that provide access to the life-saving skill of swimming.

Since 2009, our purpose has been simple, we do everything we can to prevent drowning by spreading awareness and funding swim lesson programs for targeted individuals who have limited access to gaining the life-saving skill.

With our local school, community, and aquatic partners, we have impacted tens of thousands of young people in San Diego County and made their lives safer and more enjoyable.

How can you help? We invite you to support our vision by donating, volunteering, and helping us spread the word to save lives!

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Announcements
Helping Our Community

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Swim 24 Challenge 

Swim. Fundraise. Save a Life.

We’re thrilled to announce the return of the 7th annual Swim 24Challenge Fundraiser on September 21 – 22nd! After a hiatus, we’re back and ready to ignite some friendly competition and help save lives! Swim 24Challenge is an unforgettable swimming experience where teams of up to 12 people swim a 24-hour relay to raise money to combat childhood drowning

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SD Swims Grant Program 

Fall 2024 Application Period Is Now Open!

PDFSD is looking for local schools, non-profits and local pools to collaborate in providing swim lessons and water safety programs in areas throughout San Diego County, targeting those individuals who have limited access to gaining the life-saving skill of swimming. Apply now!

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California Water Safety Strategy

Working together for a California where everyone is safe in and around the water.  

Working together for a California where everyone is safe in and around the water.

The CA-WSS aims to reduce drowning and aquatic injuries by fostering collaboration amount local communities, government agencies, and organizations. Learn more about this important strategy and what can be done in your local community to make California safer TOGETHER! 

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Drowning Statistics ~ Did You Know…?

Drowning is the single leading cause of death for children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children under 14.
No child is ever water safe. The goal of swim lessons is to make children SAFER in, on, and around water.
79% of children in households with incomes less than $50,000 have little-to-no swimming ability.
Research shows 64% of African-American, 45% of Hispanic/Latino, and 40% of Caucasian children have little to no swimming ability. 
Formal swimming lessons reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%.
Drowning can be prevented through water safety education, swim instruction, and learning how to provide CPR with rescue breaths.

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Community Partners

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Impacts For 2022 

Funded over 26 grants with over 8,000 youth participants 
Partnered with 18 local non-profits 
Programs provided at 26 schools in San Diego County
Provided all San Diego Junior Lifeguard Scholarships
Provided 35 water safety instructor course scholarships
Safer PSA campaign with 1,579,212 impressions
Presentented programs in San Diego County as far North as San Marcos, South as San Ysidro, and East to Borrego Springs

In addition, this past year PDFSD ramped up parent and toddler swim workshops, dryland education, bridged safety lessons at the pools to the open water, junior pool guard swim lessons, pool guard recruit swim lessons, and intergenerational swim lessons

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Recent News

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Swim 24Challenge is Back!

We’re thrilled to announce the return of the 7th annual Swim 24Challenge Fundraiser on September 21 – September 22nd. After a hiatus, we’re back and ready to ignite some friendly competition and help save lives! Swim 24Challenge is an unforgettable swimming experience where teams of up to 12 people swim a 24-hour relay to raise …

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City of San Diego Leaders Declare May as Drowning Prevention Month

Event Presentations Ahead of summer, San Diego promotes safety with drowning awareness month / Community event raises awareness about water safety / San Diego Proclaims May as ‘Prevent Drowning and Water Safety Month’ / CDC numbers show drownings have risen dramatically over last decade /San Diegans encouraged to prioritize water safety as summer approaches /San …

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Wear Your Life Jacket To Work Day

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                        SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY UNITES FOR WATER SAFETY: WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET TO WORK DAY AND DECLARING MAY AS DROWNING PREVENTION MONTH San Diego, CA, May 10, 2024: As the summer season approaches, the Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego (PDFSD) and the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department …

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