In Miami-Dade County and Florida, drowning is the number one cause of death of children under age five. Swimming experts, such as the American Red Cross, advocate water safety education and swimming lessons, as one of the best way to prevent drowning incidents.

In its efforts to help spread awareness of water safety and the urgency of learning to swim to children and their families, the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department together with Miami-Dade County and the Miami-Dade Drowning Prevention Coalition (DPC) and its partnering municipalities, schools, non-profit and private learn-to-swim providers county-wide, is making great strides in getting Miami-Dade youth water-ready.

Miami-Dade’s annual “Every Lesson Counts” learn-to-swim water safety campaign, kicked off last May, bringing together county-wide resources for swim lessons and highlighting the importance that every child learns to swim. With the annual goal of teaching every child in Miami-Dade how to swim, the count is nearly at the half-million mark to date.

On Sunday, May 20, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Miami-Dade Parks will join DPC and the Trauma Services Department at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in hosting the 10th annual “Summer Safety Splash” at Haulover Beach Park, 10800 Collins Ave., Miami. Held in partnership with the Trauma Services Department at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the free event provides beachgoers with resources on swimming lessons, water and child safety, and much more. For additional information about the web page or call 305-947-3525.

Help your child be safer at the beach and the pool this summer. Enroll them in Miami-Dade Learn-to-Swim classes, offered at all Miami-Dade County public pools and taught by certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors. Learn-to-Swim classes include Parent and Tot (Ages 2-3), Preschool Aquatics (Ages 4-5), Levels 1-6 (Ages 6-18), and Adults.  For more information or to register, contact your desired pool site from the list on the Miami-Dade Parks Learn-to-Swim web page.

On average, Miami-Dade Parks registers more than 13,000 patrons for its Learn-to-Swim program each year.

The Miami-Dade DPC, housed under the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, provides a centralized resource for the coordination of information and programs related to water safety awareness, education and advocacy to reduce drowning, non-fatal drowning, and other water related injuries in Miami-Dade.

The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade provides scholarships for free swimming lessons to children. For more information or to donate, visit the web page.

For more information about the Every Swim Lesson Counts learn-to-swim lessons and water safety campaign and partner events, visit the DCP web page.