WaterSmart_Drop_180 The Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County

  • Provides vouchers for free swimming lessons each year. Visit their website: http://www.pbcgov.com/drowningprevention/ for more information

WaterSmart_Drop_180 Local Swim Facilities

  • See attached list of Pools for programming

WaterSmart_Drop_180 Swim Competency

  • as defined by the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, establishes a general definition of water competency that identifies specific skills and includes the concept that water competency depends on the aquatic environment and environmental conditions.

WaterSmart_Drop_180 Water Competency must include

  1. Entry – with total submersion
  2. Recovery to the surface and remain there for at least one minute (floating or treading)
  3. Orientation – position to be able to turn 360 degrees and orient to the exit
  4. Propulsion – level off and move on front and/or on back position for at least 25 yards
  5. Exit from the water

Water competency is influenced by conditions of the aquatic environment (water temperature, movement, depth, clothing, distance, etc.) into which the person may be introduced. Demonstration of skills in one aquatic environment may not transfer to another.