DCF to Launch Water Safety for Kids Campaign in Orlando

Media Advisory:
April 28, 2015

DCF to Launch Water Safety for Kids Campaign in Orlando

TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), and partners including the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Department of Education, the Florida Department of State and Barnes and Noble, will kick off a Water Safety for Kids Campaign tomorrow, April 29, at the Children’s Safety Village in Orlando. The campaign will educate young swimmers on important water safety practices, as drowning is a leading cause of death of children in Florida.

The campaign kick-off will be part of a Safety Outreach Event by Children’s Safety Village, a "miniature city" that teaches safety skills to prevent childhood accidents and injuries. DCF’s Water Safety for Kids Campaign will include free educational materials and events throughout the state.

A family who nearly lost a child to drowning will talk about their experience, and the Orange County Fire Rescue will provide a water safety demonstration.

WHAT: Press conference and kick-off of Water Safety for Kids Campaign


  • DCF Secretary Mike Carroll
  • Florida Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong, Secretary, Florida Department of Health
  • Orange County Sheriff Jerry L. Demings
  • Executive Director of The Gift of Swimming Susan Polder
  • Olympic Swimmer and three-time gold medalist Rowdy Gaines
  • President of The Pool Safety Resource Geoff Dawson
  • The Warren family to speak about near drowning tragedy of their daughter Abby Grace
  • Water safety demonstration by Orange County Fire Rescue

WHEN: Wednesday, April 29, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: Children’s Safety Village, 910 Fairvilla Rd., Orlando

Contact: Michelle Glady, DCF Press Secretary, (850) 717-4450