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San Diego Leaders Coming Together For World Drowning Prevention Day

On Tuesday, July 25th, local leaders from the Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego (PDFSD), County of San Diego, City of Oceanside, and Black Star Water Polo will come together for World Drowning Prevention Day. This collaborative effort brings focus to the importance of drowning as a public health issue and to save lives by reducing the number of water-related tragedies countywide and around the world. Drowning is the single leading cause of death in children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children under 14.

What: Join us as we commemorate World Drowning Prevention Day 


When: Tuesday, July 25, 2023 / 9:45 a.m.

William A. Wagner Aquatic Center
3306 Senior Center Dr
Oceanside, CA 92056

Schedule of Events:

  • 9:30 a.m. Pool Deck Opens
  • 9:45 a.m. Photo Opportunities with Swim Lessons in Progress (9:35 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. and 10:10a.m. – 10:40 a.m.)
  • 10:00 a.m. Presentation Begins

Jim Desmond, District 5, San Diego County Supervisor

Manuel Gonzalez, Director City of Oceanside Parks and Recreation Department 

Nicole McNeil, President Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego

Asante Sefa-Boakye, Founder of Black Star Water Polo

City of Oceanside Swim Lesson Resources: Swim Lessons and Scholarship Program

“Anyone can drown, No one should.” World Health Organization (WHO) designates July 25, 2023 as World Drowning Prevention Day

Quick Facts:

  • Each year in California, over 400 people die from drowning and more that 1,200 are involved in non-fatal drowning incidents which require a visit to the emergency department or hospitalization.
  • Drowning is the number one cause of death for children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children under 14.
  • 92% of drowning deaths in California are residents, 5% are from other states and 3% are from other countries.
  • 48% of all drowning deaths occur in June, July and August.
  • California has thousands of miles of ocean coast and inland lakefront, nearly 200,000 miles of rivers and over 1.3 million pools. Californians love the water, but the risk of drowning is ever present.


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.

San Diego Swim Safer is a public education campaign dedicated to preventing drowning deaths and injuries in San Diego County. San Diego Swim Safer aims to increase the knowledge of drowning prevention methods and access to swim lessons. The San Diego Swim Safer website serves as a resource for parents and caregivers on ways they can protect their families and loved ones from drowning incidents in open water, a pool and in the household.

San Diego Swim Safer is coordinated through a partnership among the Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego, the County of San Diego and First 5 San Diego in support of the Live Well San Diego vision for healthy, safe and thriving communities.

San Diego Leaders Coming Together For  World Drowning Prevention Day