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What is Kristi's Kids Lifesaver?

Eight years ago, we launched our Kristi's Kids-News 4 Tucson Lifesaver campaign after a record number of child drownings in Southern Arizona.

The number of child water incidents has decreased significantly in Pima County, but we have yet to make it through a summer without losing a child.

In 2016, we had seven incidents in Pima County: Five child near-drownings (four boys and one girl) and two child drownings (one boy and one girl.)

You can see the 2017 log here

The Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona will also hold free CPR training.

This year, we've again teamed up with the area Fire Departments, Safe Kids of Pima County, Tucson Medical Center for Children, YMCA of Southern Arizona, Cenpatico Integrated Care, Association of Pool & Spa Professionals – Central, Honda, E-Konomy Pool Service & Supplies, HealthSouth, Southern Arizona Chapters, Legoland, and CPR2U to educate viewers on how they can prevent children from drowning.

Lesson dates and times are:

  • FULL: May 11, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Mulcahy (combo w/ parent child)
  • FULL: May 25, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Ott (combo w/ parent child)
  • June 15, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Sahuarita (combo w/ parent child)
  • June 22, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Flowing Wells (regular 3-12 years)
  • June 29, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Sahuarita (regular 3-12 years)
  • July 6, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Marana (regular 3-12 years)
  • July 20, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Lohse (regular 3-12 years)
  • July 27, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Lighthouse (regular 3-12 years)
  • Aug. 3, 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Northwest  (combo w/ parent child)

Register your child here

Every drowning is 100% preventable. Remember the A, B, C’s of Swim Safety: A=Active adult supervision, B=Barriers, and C=Classes (swim lessons for children and CPR lessons for adults.)

This year, be a News 4 Lifesaver, and help us eliminate childhood drownings.

  • Lifesaver 2017More>>

  • Tucson mom continues mission to prevent drowning

    Thursday, April 20 2017 7:55 PM EDT2017-04-20 23:55:16 GMT
    A drowning, or near-drowning, can happen at any time and to anyone. There's a Tucson mom who's made prevention her mission. It takes less than a minute for someone to drown, or nearly drown. In the blink of an eye, lives can, and do, change forever. “It just bothers me every time I hear that someone else is getting hurt, and it's 100% preventable,” said Rose Bennett, whose son, Ethan, nearly drowned at a day-camp in 2009, when he was six-years old.   “Unfortun...
    A drowning, or near-drowning, can happen at any time and to anyone. There's a Tucson mom who's made prevention her mission. It takes less than a minute for someone to drown, or nearly drown. In the blink of an eye, lives can, and do, change forever. “It just bothers me every time I hear that someone else is getting hurt, and it's 100% preventable,” said Rose Bennett, whose son, Ethan, nearly drowned at a day-camp in 2009, when he was six-years old.   “Unfortun...
  • Lifesaving swim lessons for kids on the Autism Spectrum

    Lifesaving swim lessons for kids on the Autism Spectrum

    Tuesday, April 18 2017 3:07 PM EDT2017-04-18 19:07:59 GMT

    This month is Autism Awareness Month, and we're also weeks into swim season. Many of you have been asking about water-safety programs that are available to kids on the spectrum. The numbers really do take your breath away. An estimated one in 64 kids in Arizona will be diagnosed as being on the spectrum, and they're 160- times more likely to drown. That’s why last May, the Autism Society of Southern Arizona teamed-up with Saguaro Aquatics to create the Sonoran Dolphins program...

    This month is Autism Awareness Month, and we're also weeks into swim season. Many of you have been asking about water-safety programs that are available to kids on the spectrum. The numbers really do take your breath away. An estimated one in 64 kids in Arizona will be diagnosed as being on the spectrum, and they're 160- times more likely to drown. That’s why last May, the Autism Society of Southern Arizona teamed-up with Saguaro Aquatics to create the Sonoran Dolphins program...

  • LIFESAVER: Swimfest 2017 begins in four weeks

    LIFESAVER: Swimfest 2017 begins in four weeks

    Thursday, April 13 2017 5:20 PM EDT2017-04-13 21:20:42 GMT

    In four weeks, the 2017 Kristi's Kids Lifesaver "Swimfest" events begin through our partnership with the YMCA of Southern Arizona. 

    In four weeks, the 2017 Kristi's Kids Lifesaver "Swimfest" events begin through our partnership with the YMCA of Southern Arizona. 

  • SWIMFEST: Half of the younger kid events are full; seven dates remain open

    SWIMFEST: Half of the younger kid events are full; seven dates remain open

    Monday, April 10 2017 9:10 PM EDT2017-04-11 01:10:50 GMT

    Kristi’s Kids and the YMCA of Southern Arizona are teaming up to provide free swim lessons for children beginning in May. 

    Kristi’s Kids and the YMCA of Southern Arizona are teaming up to provide free swim lessons for children beginning in May. 

  • Kristi's Kids: Remember the ABC's of water safety when near water

    Kristi's Kids: Remember the ABC's of water safety when near water

    Thursday, July 7 2016 11:16 PM EDT2016-07-08 03:16:38 GMT

    For three solid months, we have been promoting water safety and drowning prevention around southern Arizona through our Kristi's Kids Lifesaver campaign. We've given hundreds of kids free swim lessons, and we are still giving away pool fences and more. Today, we would like to offer a reminder - all day, every day, we need those ABC’s of water safety in action.

    For three solid months, we have been promoting water safety and drowning prevention around southern Arizona through our Kristi's Kids Lifesaver campaign. We've given hundreds of kids free swim lessons, and we are still giving away pool fences and more. Today, we would like to offer a reminder - all day, every day, we need those ABC’s of water safety in action.

  • Kristi's Kids: June's winner selected for pool fence giveaway

    Kristi's Kids: June's winner selected for pool fence giveaway

    Thursday, June 30 2016 10:42 PM EDT2016-07-01 02:42:58 GMT

    We talk about the ABC’s of swim safety all the time. A - for active, adult supervision. B - for barriers. C - for classes. Pool fences are a barrier, and Ambiance...

    We talk about the ABC’s of swim safety all the time. A - for active, adult supervision. B - for barriers. C - for classes. Pool fences are a barrier, and Ambiance...

  • Kristi's Kids: Knowing correct CPR technique critical in water emergencies

    Kristi's Kids: Knowing correct CPR technique critical in water emergencies

    Thursday, April 28 2016 8:07 PM EDT2016-04-29 00:07:15 GMT

    For a seventh straight year, we're tackling water safety and drowning prevention in southern Arizona. Every year, people are surprised to learn the proper way of doing C.P.R., when there is water in the lungs. C.P.R. classes fall under the C in our ABC’s of water safety. When seconds count, you need to know what you're doing. There is no time for fear and confusion. “My brother died of sudden cardiac arrest two years ago this mother's day at a local restaurant. Nobody di...

    For a seventh straight year, we're tackling water safety and drowning prevention in southern Arizona. Every year, people are surprised to learn the proper way of doing C.P.R., when there is water in the lungs. C.P.R. classes fall under the C in our ABC’s of water safety. When seconds count, you need to know what you're doing. There is no time for fear and confusion. “My brother died of sudden cardiac arrest two years ago this mother's day at a local restaurant. Nobody di...

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Can't make it to a Swim Fest?  That's okay!  Check out the YMCA's many swim lesson programs here: tucsonymca.org/program/all-kids-swim

       
    
                      
            
                       
       

 Lifesaver Swimfest

May 11 - Aug. 3

Ages 6 months -12

 Lifesaver Coloring contest

Enter our Lifesaver Coloring Contest and win a trip to Legoland!


 Lifesaver Safety Quiz

Take our Lifesaver Safety Quiz and enter to win a $25 gift card!


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  • Tucson mom continues mission to prevent drowning

    Thursday, April 20 2017 7:55 PM EDT2017-04-20 23:55:16 GMT
    A drowning, or near-drowning, can happen at any time and to anyone. There's a Tucson mom who's made prevention her mission. It takes less than a minute for someone to drown, or nearly drown. In the blink of an eye, lives can, and do, change forever. “It just bothers me every time I hear that someone else is getting hurt, and it's 100% preventable,” said Rose Bennett, whose son, Ethan, nearly drowned at a day-camp in 2009, when he was six-years old.   “Unfortun...
    A drowning, or near-drowning, can happen at any time and to anyone. There's a Tucson mom who's made prevention her mission. It takes less than a minute for someone to drown, or nearly drown. In the blink of an eye, lives can, and do, change forever. “It just bothers me every time I hear that someone else is getting hurt, and it's 100% preventable,” said Rose Bennett, whose son, Ethan, nearly drowned at a day-camp in 2009, when he was six-years old.   “Unfortun...
  • Lifesaving swim lessons for kids on the Autism Spectrum

    Lifesaving swim lessons for kids on the Autism Spectrum

    Tuesday, April 18 2017 3:07 PM EDT2017-04-18 19:07:59 GMT

    This month is Autism Awareness Month, and we're also weeks into swim season. Many of you have been asking about water-safety programs that are available to kids on the spectrum. The numbers really do take your breath away. An estimated one in 64 kids in Arizona will be diagnosed as being on the spectrum, and they're 160- times more likely to drown. That’s why last May, the Autism Society of Southern Arizona teamed-up with Saguaro Aquatics to create the Sonoran Dolphins program...

    This month is Autism Awareness Month, and we're also weeks into swim season. Many of you have been asking about water-safety programs that are available to kids on the spectrum. The numbers really do take your breath away. An estimated one in 64 kids in Arizona will be diagnosed as being on the spectrum, and they're 160- times more likely to drown. That’s why last May, the Autism Society of Southern Arizona teamed-up with Saguaro Aquatics to create the Sonoran Dolphins program...

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