Get Water Safe: Prevent Drowning

The YMCA of South Palm Beach County is part of a county-wide Drowning Prevention initiative and we’re asking our community to, “Get Water Safe, Palm Beach County!”

In 2016, the YMCA of South Palm Beach County was selected as a winner for its WaterSmart community initiative designed to reduce the number of death caused by drownings in the region and was awarded $100,000 from Impact 100 during its annual “Grand Awards Celebration.”

Thanks to the generous support of Impact 100 Palm Beaches in 2017 the Y was able to provide:

  • 10,148 children were provided swim instruction.
  • 84% participants passed the swim program after 8 half-hour swim lessons.
  • 15,700 individuals were reached through land-based educational programming.
  • Over 1 million Palm Beach County Residents received water safety messaging through news, print, and web media. 
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Interested in becoming involved in Drowning Prevention as a partner or sponsor? Please contact our Director of Community Water Safety, Liz Schmidt at 561-237-0950 or email:


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President & CEO of the YMCA of SPBC, Jason Hagensick, discusses Water Safety on Comcast Newsmakers in June 2017.

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Four YMCA Associations across the state of Florida hosted Water Safety Awareness weekend July 27-29, 2017 thanks to the generous support of Florida Blue! The YMCA of South Palm Beach County, YMCA of South Florida, YMCA of Florida’s First Coast and Manatee YMCA all hosted fun activities throughout the weekend and provided life-saving water safety education!

Our Partners include:
YMCA South Palm Beach County, YMCA of the Palm Beaches, Children Services Council, Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County, National Drowning Prevention Alliance: Palm Beach and Treasure Coast Chapter, Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation – Aquatics Division, City of West Palm Beach Fire Rescue.
*Note: The Adaptive Needs Swim Program is separate from Private Swim lessons where an individual or family has chosen to have one-on-one swim instruction.