There’s no better way to cool off on a hot summer’s day than taking a dip in a cool, refreshing pool. Whether in your own backyard or at a public pool, safety should always come first—and the following tips can help ensure that everyone has a good time.
Buddy System: Have your kids practice the buddy system, teaming up with one of their peers to watch out for one another.
Supervision: If a lifeguard isn’t on duty at a public pool or you’ve got kids playing in your backyard pool, coordinate to ensure at least one adult is present at all times.
Education: Enroll your kids in swimming lessons so they can both gain confidence around water and respect its dangers. Make sure they know where (and where not) to dive.
Recognize the Signs of Drowning: You may be surprised to learn that reallife drowning looks nothing like it does on television. Drowning swimmers are usually unable to call out for help, and they will typically move their arms downward out of instinct rather than waving them. Their heads might be low in the water, with their mouths at water level. Their eyes may be glassy or closed, and they might gasp for air.