We’re a state of swimmers: splashing in our oceans, lakes, and pools is a cherished Florida pastime. Our state values swimming education, encouraging children to learn water survival skills at a young age through programs like YMCA’s Safe Start. And yet despite these precautions, annually in Florida “enough children to fill three or four preschool classrooms drown and do not live to see their fifth birthday.” Here in Florida we have the highest drowning death rate in the nation for children under 5. Over 60% of those drownings occur in residential swimming pools. And we have more than 1 million residential pools in our state.