About 3500 unintentional drownings (non-boating) occur every year in the US. That’s about 10 deaths per day. In the 1st quarter of 2019 there were 321 deaths. Drowning is the #1 cause of death in children aged 4 and under. About 1 in 5 people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. Njswim Schools and Stop Drowning Now are actively trying to make a difference by working to require a water safety curriculum in NJ schools.
Joe Oehme of Njswim Schools is a Board member for Stop Drowning Now, the national non-profit organization that helps to promote water safety awareness. The board has prepared an extensive on-line curriculum for educators to utilize in NJ classrooms. Njswim and Stop Drowning Now are encouraging our NJ State Assembly Members to bring Bill A-269 forward for their vote, so that it can become part of New Jersey state law. Please join us and support the effort by writing your NJ State Assembly Member and requesting that they support Bill A-269 and introducing water safety instruction to public schools in grades K through 12.
“Introducing a water safety curriculum in our schools is a great start to give people the education and awareness needed to make good decisions in and around the water,” says Oehme.
At Njswim, we feel that water safety education is an absolute priority. Drowning is preventable if the right resources are provided to reduce the risks.
This bill will require school districts to provide instruction on water safety as part of New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education.
Ask Your Assembly Member to Co-Sponsor Bill A-269.
- Please Click on the Link for Your Representative below
- Click on their “Electronic Mail” link and
- Complete the web form provided:
Here is suggested text for your email correspondence.
Subject: (select “Education Curricula”)
Your Name and Contact Information
Affiliation – Njswim Family Member for Bill A-269
Email Subject: Please sponsor Bill A-269 – Water Safety For NJ School Children
Dear Assembly Member (Last Name):
I support Bill A-269 because I agree that children should be taught water safety in school. Please sponsor Bill A-269 requiring school districts to provide instruction on water safety as part of the NJ Public School curriculum for students K-12.
10 people will die from unintentional drowning in the US today.
Two of these will be children aged 14 or younger.