Become a Water Watcher

The Y is committed to raising awareness around the preventable tragedy that is youth drowning. Swim lessons are an essential part of keeping kids safe in and around the water, but there’s no substitution for parental or adult supervision.

Often times when everyone is watching the kids; that means no one is watching the kids. There should always be someone designated to watch the kids, especially when they’re around water.

So, how can you help?

Pick up a Water Watcher tag at your local YMCA, and pledge to be a Water Watcher. This means, making sure all kids are being ‘watched’ while in or around the water.

The Water Watcher Pledge

I agree to:

  • actively watch children when they are in or near any body of water.
  • in an emergency, pull all children out of the water and call 911.
  • keep my eyes on the water.
  • avoid distractions.
  • help us spread the word.


  • Download and print the YMCA Water Watcher Badge.
  • Take the Pledge to be a Water Watcher.
  • Take a photo holding your Water Watcher Badge and post on social media.
  • Tag and Challenge a Friend to pledge to be a Water Watcher, too.
  • Tag @FirstCoastYMCA and #WaterWatcher.