We have created a free open-water safety enhancement program, to help families watch the water for threats and hazards.
This program is designed to change the way you 'watch the water' for your family's safety.
It is designed for open water places, but only where there is no lifeguard. It can be used at home pools, spas, rivers, streams, lakes, etc. but please do not use it in the ocean.
Please do not attempt to use the Smarter Water Watcher whistle, in locations where there is a lifeguard.
Using the Smarter Water Watcher Program and/or whistle does not make you a lifeguard.
If you have a pool or spa at your home - or frequently go to open water places without a lifeguard, you should seriously consider taking water safety and first aid/CPR courses.
All it takes to use the free Smarter Water Watcher program is a whistle/lanyard, our placards, and to view our training videos - plus a responsible adult (who should know how to swim, have first aid/CPR training, etc.), who will be the Smarter Water Watcher.
For now, you can build your own Smarter Water Watcher kit, yourself. Okay, getting a whistle, lanyard, and printing out two pages of paper, is not free, but there is no cost to use the program or get access to the training videos. We are working on getting sponsors and distributors of those items. Check back with this site, to learn more.
Any kind of whistle will do. You can optionally get a break-away lanyard to hook it onto. We like break-away lanyards, to reduce the possibility of choking, if the lanyard gets pulled or caught on something.
Right now we have our Smarter Water Watcher placard and whistle card in English (US) only. You can laminate both if you want (so they don't get wet!) and fold the whistle card in half, laminate it, and attach it to the lanyard, too. The placard and whistle card, are right below this section. More versions in other languages are coming soon!
We have instructions on how to use the Smarter Water Watcher program on YouTube videos (now, in English Only). It is all in words, with no audio (other than music), so captions are not needed.
We hope you have a fun and safe time at the pool, spa, lake, river, etc. The Smarter Water Watcher program should not be used in the ocean (too many hazards, too much distance between people on land and in the water, etc.). Also, here's two other reminders: 1) do not use the Smarter Watcher program (especially the whistle) where there is a lifeguard, and 2) we assume no liability for use or misuse by anyone of this free, voluntary program. Enjoy!
Other languages? We need volunteers to help us make them.
We have these in English now - if you can help translate both the placard and the 'script' for the YouTube training/education videos, please click here, for a translation script you can complete in any language you are fluent in. Thank you for volunteering to help us with this!
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