Our Focus

The International Water Safety Foundation is focused on raising awareness about the global drowning pandemic, building a culture of learning to swim, and preventing drownings.

We aim to raise funds for drowning interventions.

Your Involvement

Treading water: tread by yourself, as a team, or host an event and invite others!

About Tread-A-Thon®

Individuals, teams, and organizations raise awareness by first setting a date to tread water or joining an already established campaign. Treaders ask for donations from family, friends, neighbors, and businesses while making them aware of the toll drowning takes on children and families globally. Donors make a flat donation in support of preventing drownings online on your personalized donation page.

Participants float, tread, and raise awareness. 

The International Water Safety Foundation is proud to support you in the fight against drowning and in building a culture of learning to swim. Raising funds online is easy to do through our online system. Participating teams agree to make a contribution of 50% of the gross revenue to the International Water Safety Foundation from their Tread-A-Thon®. The International Water Safety Foundation supports drowning prevention intervention projects like that of SWIM Cambodia.



Guidelines & Tips Download: Hosting a Tread-A-Thon

5 Customizable Emails Download: Tread A Thon Email Templates

3 Facebook Live Ideas Download: Raising Awareness on Facebook Live



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International Water Safety Foundation

“Simply put, child drowning is a leading cause of death in children in LMICs in Asia. This region contains two thirds of the children in the world, thus making it a problem of global proportions. Now that we know it is as preventable as other leading causes of child death in these countries, it is time to act. It really is that simple.

Linnan, Michael, et al. (2012). ‘Child Drowning: Evidence for a newly recognized cause of child mortality in low and middle income countries in Asia’, Working Paper 2012-07, Special Series on Child Injury No. 2. Florence: UNICEF Office of Research.