FIRST 5 Update: Water Safety in Riverside County


This year alone, four children through age 5 have drowned and 28* have had a near drowning experience.

This summer, First 5 Riverside grantees – The YMCA of Riverside County and the Riverside University Health System Public Health’s Injury Prevention Services provided swim lessons, water safety information and CPR training to help avoid senseless tragedy.  The Commission also recently approved grant funding for the Desert Healthcare Foundation‘s Ready Set Swim! Jr. program in the Coachella Valley, which will launch next month. Classes will be held at pools in Desert Hot Springs, Palm Springs, Indio, Coachella and Mecca. Workshops and presentations will be held throughout the desert region.  See and share the English or Spanish flyer.

By the end of next summer 850 children and 1,700 parents/caregivers are expected to participate in grantee programs.

Stay connected with us for more updates and details.

* As of 8/17/16

Sienna Garcia

Know and practice the ABCs of Drowning Prevention:

 A is for ACTIVE ADULT Supervision – Maintain constant eye contact when your child playing in or near water. Most children under age 5 have no fear of water and no concept of death. Water is associated with play. Being intensely focused on your supervising duties is essential to your child’s safety.

Next are BARRIERS This includes installing a fence, gates, latches, alarms, pool safety nets and covers to effectively keep children safe. Multiple barriers should be used and tested frequently to make sure they are functioning properly.

And, finally, be proactive and seek CLASSES – to learn proper rescue techniques, how to swim and water safety practices for the whole family.

First 5 Riverside is a proud member of the Riverside County Water Safety Coalition. Get more resources at