About DPCA


swim-smileIn 1989, representatives from:Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), fire departments, and hospital personnel met and formed what is now known as the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona (DPCA).

Today, DPCA is comprised of parents, health and safety professionals, business leaders, and concerned citizens. The group exists to provide a forum fordrowning prevention efforts through the promotion of education, legislative action, awareness, and enhanced product safety.

As a community-based organization, DPCA attracts members from many different areas. We are able to bring together individuals from different cities, industries, and backgrounds to work toward a common cause that significantly benefits the entire community.

The Coalition promotes the ABC’s of WATER SAFETY! (Download flier here)

A=Adult Supervision

  • Supervise children and adults around all water. The caregiver should be sober and know how to swim.


  • Block children from unexpectedly getting into water. Make sure drain covers meet standards.

C=Coast-Guard Approved Life Vests and Classes

  • Take classes to learn how to swim and be able to perform mouth-to-mouth CPR. Wear a life vest while learning to swim.