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Become a Safer Swimmer

Swimming, whether at a pool or at the beach is a great way to get some exercise and spend time with your family and friends. But swimming can be risky for children and inexperienced adults. These resources can help you and your children stay safe in the water:

Keeping Kids and Adults Safe

  • Through the American Red Cross water safety page you can enroll your child in a swimming class and learn where to find U.S. coast guard approved life jackets

  • CPR  is an important life-saving skill to know during a water related emergency

  • Teach your children about the importance of pool safety through this interactive video game: “The Adventures of Splish and Splash

  • Make sure to keep a cell phone and first aid kit close by in case of an emergency

  • And of course, remember to apply plenty of sunscreen to reduce the chance of skin damage

Staying Safe at the Pool

If you decide to swim at a pool this summer, remember to make sure that all equipment is up to date and that all pool drains are covered.

If you are visiting a community pool, take the time to read and follow the pool rules posted and only swim at pools where there is a lifeguard on duty.

At a residential pool, a fence should be installed around the perimeter of the pool and an experienced adult swimmer should always be present. Learn more from’s tips on staying safe at community and residential pools and spas.

Staying Safe at the Beach

It’s important to remember that swimming at a beach is drastically different than swimming at a pool so you’ll need to be extra careful  in natural bodies of water. The biggest danger of swimming in the ocean is getting caught in rip currents, powerful currents on the surface of the water that can quickly carry you out to sea. Watch this video to learn how to avoid and escape them.

Remember never to swim at a beach when there isn’t a lifeguard present and to familiarize yourself with the beach warning flags before you and your family decide to go swimming.

Swimming Safety Tips for You and Your Family

Whether you plan to swim at a pool, the beach, or a lake or river, know how to stay safe in the water.

Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the U.S., and many of these victims are children under the age of 15. Review some tips to help you and your family stay safe in the water.

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Stay Safe in the Water This Summer

Spending time in the pool is one of the most popular ways to stay cool each summer. Although it seems like all fun and games, remember that water safety is critical. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 3,000 people die from unintended drowning each year.

Use these tips from to make sure your day by the pool doesn’t end in tragedy:

  • Learn CPR
  • Actively supervise children in any size body of water; even the bathtub can be dangerous if left unattended.
  • Install anti-entrapment drain covers in your pool and inspect them to make sure they aren’t broken. These devices can keep your hair, limbs, or clothing from being trapped in the pool’s drain and ultimately prevent drowning.

If you plan to spend time boating on open bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers, or the ocean, you should take some additional precautions:

  • Wear a life vest, even if you know how to swim.
  • Check the weather forecast. Thunderstorms and windy conditions can make it dangerous to be in the water.

Learn more about water safety.