Summer Water Safety Tips for Children

by Elizabeth Shaw -

Children on the Beach

Children on the Beach /

Never leave children alone in or near a pool or any other body of water, even for a moment.

Whenever infants or toddlers are in or near the water, an adult should be within arm’s length at all times.

Adults should be trained in life-saving techniques and CPR. Always have rescue equipment and a portable phone near the pool.

Pools should be surrounded on all sides with a sturdy fence that is at least four feet high. Make sure gates are self-closing and self-latching, with latches at a height children can’t reach.

Avoid inflatable swimming aids such as “floaties.” They are not a substitute for approved life vests and can give a false sense of security.

Most children are not developmentally ready for swimming lessons until after their fourth birthday. Programs for younger children don’t make them less likely to drown.

If swimming at the beach, it’s particularly important to keep a close eye on your child.

The waves and ocean currents can be dangerous. Only older children who have demonstrated that they can swim well should go into the ocean water, and life jackets should be used for all children who can’t swim or feel less comfortable with the waves.

Swim shoes can protect the feet from sharp stones or seashells.

Don’t swim near people fishing or jet skiing, or near boats, which can trap children underneath and pose a drowning risk.

Small children shouldn’t participate in water sports such as water skiing or jet skiing. Anyone who participates in these activities needs to wear a life jacket.

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