Injuries are the leading cause of death and disability to U.S. children from 1 to 18 years old. Every day, 20 children die from preventable injuries, resulting in more deaths than all other diseases combined. In fact, injury is the leading cause of death for people through 44 years of age.
National Injury Prevention Day (NIPD) is Saturday, November 18, 2023. Together with the Injury Free Coalition for Kids and local community partners, the HIPRC will “Shine a Green Light” on preventing serious childhood injury through Youth Drowning Prevention in King County, Washington.
Learn more about the HIPRC’s work in support of National Injury Prevention Day >>
All students who registered for our Free Student Lifeguard Workshop on November 14th (or watched the recording) are highly encouraged to take the next steps in completing a Free Lifeguard Training certification. In order to certify, YOU MUST BE 15 YEARS-OLD *by the Final Day of the Free Lifeguard Training.
In addition to covering the costs of your Lifeguard Certification, HIPRC will also work with community partners to help you find job opportunities as a lifeguard.
If you are interested in becoming a lifeguard, but first need to learn how to swim or want to strengthen your swim skills, you will be connected with local aquatic facilities to acquire the skills necessary for certification. *Financial support for Student Lifeguard Training will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to King County High School students who are 15 years old by July 31, 2024.
For additional resources and information, please visit SPLASHForward.
Learn about Being a Lifeguard: The recording of this virtual workshop includes aquatic managers and student lifeguards who share their personal and professional experiences as lifeguards.
Audience: High school students, parents, teachers, aquatic facilities, aquatic managers, public health professionals, media
Know others interested in becoming a lifeguard?
Share this information with others who may be interested in becoming a lifeguard—and if you, or someone you know, needs to learn how to swim or wants to strengthen swim skills, our team can connect you with local aquatic facilities.*Financial support for Student Lifeguard Training will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to King County High School students who are 15 years old by July 31, 2024.
For more resources & information, visit: SPLASHForward
Aquatic Managers & Lifeguard Instructors
The goal of a ceremonial proclamation is to honor, celebrate, or create awareness of an issue (not an individual or organization) of citywide, countywide, and/or statewide significance. Ceremonial proclamations generally recognize a day, week, or month. To see previous proclamations signed for National Injury Prevention Day, visit our “Shining our Light” tab.
Drowning is a leading cause of injury-related death in youth — in Washington state, an average of 17 children and teens drown each year. It is important to stress that no single intervention is fully protective. Rather, multiple layers of protection are recommended.
Learn more about Drowning Prevention >>
FREE Student Lifeguard Workshop (PDF)
NOTE: If you attended (or watched) the Student Lifeguard Workshop, we encourage you to take the next step in registering for FREE Student Lifeguard Training! See infographics below.
FREE Student Lifeguard Training for King County High School Students:
Since 2022, the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (HIPRC) has joined the Injury Free Coalition for Kids and other local community partners in “Shining a Green Light” on Youth Drowning Prevention.
In observance of National Injury Prevention Day, hospitals and trauma centers across the nation bathe their buildings in green light.
See our highlights below!
Join HIPRC on Saturday, November 18, 2023 in “Shining a Green Light” on National Injury Prevention Day.
In 2022, the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (HIPRC) joined the Injury Free Coalition for Kids and other local community partners in “Shining a Green Light” on Youth Drowning Prevention. Together with Public Health – Seattle & King County, Seattle Children’s, SPLASHForward, and Amazon, the HIPRC co-hosted a FREE (Virtual) Student Lifeguard Workshop on Tuesday, November 15th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm via Zoom.
Watch the recorded workshop >>
On Friday, November 18th, National Injury Prevention Day 2022 culminated with hospitals and trauma centers across the nation bathing their buildings in green light. In Seattle, Harborview Medical Center’s Tower roof and 9th Ave entrance was illuminated in green!
Read the 2022 Proclamations >>