2023 National Injury Prevention Day (NIPD)

Shining our light on Youth Drowning Prevention

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 >>

Interested in becoming a lifeguard? 

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.

SIGN UP NOW for your 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.

Recording and Overview

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

Questions: hiprccom@uw.edu

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

2023 Proclamations

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.

Seattle, WA Proclamation

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King County Map

Aquatic Centers & High Schools

Drowning Prevention

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)



FREE Student Lifeguard Workshop (JPG) | (PNG)

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:

Get ready to dive-in to your certification >> English (JPG) | (PNG)

Prepárese para zambullirse en su certificación >> Spanish / Español – (JPG) | (PNG)

Приготовьтесь нырнуть к вашей сертификации >> Russian / Pусский – (JPG) | (PNG)

Hãy sẵn sàng để nhảy vào chứng chỉ của bạn >> Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt – (JPG) | (PNG)

استعد للغوص لشهادتك >> Arabic / العربية – (JPG) | (PNG)

准备进入您的认证 >> Chinese (Simplified) / 中文(简体)– (JPG) | (PNG)

準備進入您的認證 >>  Chinese (Traditional) / 中文(繁體)– (JPG) | (PNG)

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Community Partners

  • Amazon: Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. We look to leverage our scale for good and use our ability to innovate quickly to strengthen communities around the world where our employees live and work. We support community partners to find solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges and build long-term, innovative programs that have a lasting, positive impact.
  • Harborview Medical Center: Harborview Medical Center is a comprehensive healthcare facility dedicated to providing specialized care for a broad spectrum of patients from throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the most vulnerable residents of King County. As the only designated Level I adult and pediatric trauma and verified burn center in the state of Washington, Harborview serves as the regional trauma and burn referral center for Alaska, Montana and Idaho and the disaster preparedness and disaster control hospital for Seattle and King County.
  • Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center (HIPRC): The HIPRC is a worldwide leader in injury prevention research. We are committed to public engagement and strive to partner with impacted communities in achieving injury prevention and health equity across the lifespan.
  • Injury Free Coalition for Kids: The Injury Free Coalition for Kids is among the country’s most effective injury prevention programs. We are a national program developed with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation comprised of hospital-based, community-oriented programs whose efforts are anchored in research, education and advocacy.
  • Public Health – Seattle & King County: The Violence and Injury Prevention Unit at Public Health-Seattle & King County (PHSKC) co-leads the Statewide Drowning Prevention Network and also coordinates programs to prevent drowning, traffic related injury and several different violence prevention efforts.
  • SPLASHForward: SPLASHForward is a nonprofit advocacy, aquatics thought leader, and private fundraising partner. We envision a world where everyone is safe around water and has equitable access to best-in-class aquatic centers that are vibrant places of pride and inclusive for all. Our mission is to build healthier, stronger, and safer communities by creating equitable access to aquatic facilities and programs that build essential life skills, inclusion, connection, and active lifestyles.
  • Seattle Children’s: Seattle Children’s mission is to provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible. We care for communities beyond our hospital to offer programs, education, and services to support the health and safety of children, teens, and families where they live. Caring for children is our passion, our commitment, and our privilege.

Youth Drowning Prevention

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!

Coming Soon!

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 >>

City of Seattle, WA
King County, WA