Do you know how to prevent drowning?
Get IN THE WATER with your child regardless of whether or not he/she is in a flotation device. Keep constant eyes on your child and have them WITHIN ARMS REACH AT ALL TIMES. If a child is ever missing, always look in the water FIRST.
During swimming times, designate a Water Watcher who is responsible for keeping eyes on all children in the water for 15 minutes. Constantly monitor and keep a frequent head count. Switch with someone else after 15 minutes and make sure everyone knows who is "on duty."
Make sure ALL windows and doors leading to the pool are LOCKED and ALARMED at all times.
Early warning systems to alert caregivers in the instance of any water submersion.
4-sided with a SELF-LOCKING gate, at least 5 feet in height, and placed 3-5 feet from the pool deck. Do not allow children to climb or play on the fence and remove any furniture that could be used as a ladder to climb the fence. NEVER prop the gate open. Remind anyone with access to the yard to NEVER prop the gate open either.
These lessons go beyond traditional lessons to teach the child crucial skills he/she can use to SELF-RESCUE in the event of an aquatic emergency.
Become certified and update the certification annually.
The main factors that affect drowning risk are lack of swimming ability, lack of barriers to prevent unsupervised water access, lack of close supervision while swimming, location, failure to wear life jackets when needed, alcohol use, and seizure disorders.