San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation Continues Waterproofing San Diego Campaign
In an effort to address drowning, the leading cause of accidental death for children under four, the San Diego Junior Lifeguard (SDJG) Foundation in partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Barrio Station celebrated a 2-month program, Waterproofing San Diego, to provide lifesaving water safety education at the Barrio Station Pool.
Since its conception, more than 10,000 youth have participated in the program, which takes a three-pronged approach to aquatic safety with free aquatic safety lectures in the classroom, free swim lessons to underserved youth, and a day at the beach focused on ocean safety.
A key component to the program was opening the Barrio Station pool for swim lessons and offering open swim time to students at the Monarch School for Homeless Children and other local organizations this summer. The SDJG Foundation along with SDG&E provided funding that opens the pool, provides surf boards and stand up paddle boards to give the participants a feel for ocean activities.
As a result, more homeless children are water safe. By opening the pool and giving youth the opportunity to learn to swim the organizations are saving their lives from drowning. Learn more about this program here.