By: Alexandra de Leon Date: April 5th, 2024

APRIL POOLS”  is a National Drowning Prevention initiative that focuses on water safety skills during the month of April (and into May) in preparation for the summer season.

Learning water safety skills AT ANY AGE can save lives—whether you are at the beach or around an open body of water, it is important to be prepared!

During APRIL “POOLS” aquatic facilities nationwide will host events to prepare community members for the upcoming summer season. Some locations may host APRIL “POOLS” events into the month of May.

Each year, this observance aims to highlight skill competency including:

  • Wearing a Lifejacket
    • Choose the right fit & wear appropriately!
    • Understand the different types of lifejackets & why it is important to wear.
  • ‘Reach, Throw, Don’t Go
    • Understand what this means & how to do it correctly.
  • Hazards of Cold Water
    • Be prepared & know what to do if you are in cold water.

Your participation in APRIL “POOLS” is a great opportunity to teach family and friends about all aspects of drowning prevention and water safety… all while having fun!

Find a Seattle area APRIL “POOLS” event in or near your community!
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Know of a participating Seattle area location that’s not listed?
Please email us at hiprccom@uw.edu.

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