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Teach Your Child to Swim and Water Safety Tips

  • Swimming lessons are one of the most important activities you can give your child, but never consider them “drown proof.”

    • Even the most experienced swimmers have the potential to drown.

    • Children must always be supervised while in or near any body of water, even the bathtub.

    • Children who are inexperienced swimmers should be within an arm’s reach of an adult at all times when around water.

    • There should always be a designated responsible adult (preferably trained to administer CPR) with their eyes on the children at all times. ( calls these “Water Watchers”!)

    • It is imperative that the adult(s) supervising not be distracted (with a book or a cell phone, for instance) or under the influence of any alcohol or drugs.

  • Every child should learn to swim, but children will be ready at different ages. Parents need to  consider their child’s developmental readiness and exposure to water when deciding when to start swimming lessons.

  • Recent data has shown that children over 1 year of age may be at a lower risk of drowning if they participate in formal swimming lessons. In fact, formal swimming lessons may reduce the risk of childhood drownings by as much as 88%.

  • Among children 1-19 years of age, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death (behind motor vehicle crashes).

    • The 1-4 year old age group is the most vulnerable, and have the highest drowning rates of any age group. Most of these drownings occur in swimming pools at home.

    • Teenage boys are also at an increased risk.

  • Baby and parent swim classes can be a fun activity to bond with your child; however, do not develop a false sense of security in your baby’s ability to swim or float. There is no evidence that swimming lessons or water survival skills courses can prevent drowning in babies younger than 1 year of age.

  • Avoid popular swimming aids such as floaties and puddle jumpers, as these are not a safe substitute for a life jacket and can give children and parents a false sense of security around the water.

  • If you have a pool at home, be sure to comply with local pool fencing laws to avoid unintentional drownings.

    • There should be adequate fencing on all sides of every pool with no openings large enough to allow a child to sneak through.

    • Locks on fence gates should be high enough to prevent a child from obtaining access, and gates should open from the inside out.

    • If your home opens directly to the pool, install alarms on exit doors and have no doggie doors that could allow a child to crawl through.

    • Keep rescue equipment and a phone near the pool at all times.

  • Inflatable and/or portable pools should be treated with every bit as much respect as larger in ground pools. Children can easily fall in while leaning against the soft sides and it only takes a small amount of water (even collected rain water) to become a drowning hazard.

    • Larger inflatable and/or portable pools should be surrounded by a fence as above (even if not required by local codes).

    • Small inflatable and/or portable pools should always be drained and deflated after every use.

  • If a child in your neighborhood ever goes missing, remember to look in pools first as time is of the essence, when it comes to drowning.

“Teach Kids to Swim - It can mean the difference between a close call and a call to 911!”

Kids learn while enjoying the interactive Adventures of Splish & Splash!

Childrens’ Musician Laurie Berkner sings about 5 Simple Steps to PoolSafely  

*The Pediatric Group has been a Campaign Safety Leader in 2016, 2017 & 2018!  


Dr. Elisabeth Gabor, both a doctor and a mom, invites everyone to share these safety tips with family, friends, and neighbors, and enjoy swimming safely all year ‘round!  

Posted: 8/13/2018 11:36:49 AM by Jenae Grader | with 1 comments

chris campbell
This is very meaningful content and will help us to ensure the safe while teaching kids to swim .
Thank you
8/29/2018 8:13:37 AM

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