Local organization hosts free water, swim safety event for South Florida families

The Embrace Girls Foundation (The Embrace Girls Foundation)

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Did you know Florida leads the nation as the state with the most child drownings?

According to the USA Swimming Foundation, children ages one to four are among the most susceptible to drowning incidents.

Studies show the best and most effective way to prevent drownings is water safety education. 

In partnership with Cox Media Group, The Embrace Girls Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides girls-centric enrichment and educational programming, is taking action.

On Saturday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, the organization is hosting a free Water Safety Awareness Day at The Lagoon at Castaway Island in T.Y Park, located at 3300 North Park Road in Hollywood.

The event will feature more than 20 certified lifeguards leading families through a half dozen stations offering water safety information and resources. 

Kids will take part in water activities, as well as enjoy crafts and special character appearances.

“We learned early on that advocating for families and communities is not only a needed service but vital to the health and safety of us all -- so we dove right in to help spread the word and information,” said Velma Lawrence, CEO and Founder of the Embrace Girls Foundation.

The water safety event is free.  However, admission to the park is $1.50 per person.

For more on how to register, click here.

About the Author:

Mayte Padron Cordones is an Emmy-award winning journalist and the director of WPLG's Community Relations Department, overseeing the station's outreach initiatives to benefit and strengthen the South Florida community.