- Fort Worth, Texas
- December 17, 2018
The Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition (FWDPC) is a community collaboration that operates as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent drowning in Fort Worth, Texas. Our mission is achieved by equipping non-swimmers with life-saving skills as well as educating adults about water safety. We are the only grassroots, volunteer-driven community collaboration in the country equipping non-swimmers with self-rescue skills as well as offering water safety education to parents & caregivers.
In 2012 the US Consumer Products Safety Commission declared Texas led the nation in pool drownings. The Texas Department of Health Services listed Tarrant County as the leading county for reported drownings, both pediatric and adult, in 2013. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services reported Tarrant County within the top three counties for pediatric drownings each year from 2012-2016.
Through key partnerships with the Fort Worth Fire Department, City of Fort Worth, YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, the Junior League of Fort Worth and other organizations, the FWDPC delivers life-saving aquatics programming to at-risk neighborhoods in our community. Curriculum is designed to impart basic life-saving skills to non-swimmers in the event they were to fall into water. At the same time non-swimmers are in the water, parents and caregivers are in the classroom hearing testimony of loss, learning CPR, developing family emergency action plans, and learning basic open water safety lessons. We begin our programming even before school dismisses for the summer and span the entire duration of the swim season never letting up on the urgency of our message of drowning prevention.