The Washington State Child and Youth Open Water Drowning Prevention Policy Task Force, Washington State Drowning Prevention Network and child injury and water safety experts identified short-term and long-term policy strategies to reduce open water drowning in Washington state. Policy areas of focus include: safer water recreation sites, life jackets, BUI and open water enforcement, surveillance, swimming skills and water safety education, physical open water barriers and partnerships.
From 2011 to 2016 Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Washington State Department of Health Injury Prevention Program collaborated on a five-year Washington State Violence and Injury Prevention grant funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to test, implement and evaluate open-water drowning prevention policy priorities identified in Washington State Open Water Drowning Prevention: Policy Strategies for Children and Youth, 2011 to 2016 (PDF). The strategies, accomplishments and lessons learned for each of the identified drowning prevention policy priority areas for this grant are provided in the grant final reports below. All files are PDFs.