- Never leave a child alone near water: on the beach, at a pool or in the bathtub. If you must leave, take your child with you.
- Kids don't drown only in pools. Bathtubs, hot tubs, toilets and buckets of water present drowning dangers as well.
- Always follow posted safety precautions when visiting water parks.
- If you're visiting a public pool, keep an eye on your kids.
- Teach your children these four key swimming rules:
- Always swim with a buddy
- Don't dive into unknown bodies of water – jump feet first to avoid hitting your head on a shallow bottom
- Don't push or jump on others
- Be prepared for an emergency
Enroll children older than age three in swimming lessons taught by qualified instructors. But keep in mind that lessons don't make your child “drown-proof.”