Temporary Commission to Prevent Childhood Drowning

Temporary Commission to Prevent Childhood Drowning

About the Commission

The New York State Temporary Commission to Prevent Childhood Drowning was established in December 2021, following the passing of a bill (A.7734/S.7129, 2021) introduced by the Honorable Stacey Pheffer Amato, Assemblywoman, 23rd District and the Honorable Timothy M. Kennedy, State Senator, 63rd District. Governor Kathy Hochul signed the bill into law, reinforcing the State's commitment to addressing the rise in childhood drownings. The Commission is charged with evaluating and creating programs to educate children and caregivers about water safety protocols. Its efforts encompass consulting with experts, collaboratively working within committees to fulfill its objectives, and conducting public meetings and town halls to gather input and raise awareness. The Commission is set to publish its conclusive report in December 2024.

Commission Goals

Set guidelines for the best practices of teaching children valuable swimming and drowning prevention skills.
Make swimming safety programs available in underserved communities.
Develop a public awareness campaign to ensure parents and guardians receive information on the importance of children receiving basic water safety and swimming instruction.

The Commission

Members and Meetings

Members of the New York State Temporary Commission to Prevent Childhood Drowning include professionals with experience directing child, youth, and community programs.

Attend a Town Hall

Register for an upcoming Town Hall Meeting with the NYS Temporary Commission to Prevent Childhood Drowning. The purpose of Town Hall Meetings is to encourage open conversation about swimming safety and drowning prevention from experts, scholars, and members of the public in New York State.

Contact Us

We Want to Hear from You

Share your questions, thoughts, ideas, and solutions with the New York State Temporary Commission to Prevent Childhood Drowning.