EDUCATION

THE STATiSTICS

  • From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017*, at least 163 children younger than age 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation, a Pool Safely campaign partner.

  

  • Of the 163 reports, 112 of the victims -- nearly 70 percent -- were children younger than age five.

  • Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths.

  • There are an estimated 360 000 annual drowning deaths worldwide.

WATER SAFETY TIPS

  • Install a four-sided fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate around all pools and spas.

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  • Designate an adult 'Water Watcher' to supervise children at all times around the water.

  • Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.

  

  • Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults.

  • Teach children to stay away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.

  • Ensure any pool or spa you use has drain covers that comply with federal safety standards. If you do not know, ask your pool service provider about safer drain covers.       

  • Don't push or jump on others

  • Don't dive in unfamiliar areas

  • Never drink alcohol when swimming; alcohol is involved in about half of all male teen drownings, according to KidsHealth.org

IMPORTANT LINKS

  • USLA - United States Lifeguarding Associaion

  • NWS - National Weather Services

  • NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

FINDing A GOOD SWIM PROGRAM

A good swim instruction program should include:

  • The facility is clean and well maintained.       

  • The pool chemistry is properly balanced.

 

  • The water temperature is conducive for teaching (83° to 86° F).

  • Trained lifeguards supervise all classes.

  • The program has clearly defined objectives, expectations, schedules and pricing.

  • The program coordinator is accessible and knowledgeable.

  • Instructors are professional and well trained by a nationally recognized training agency, such as the Red Cross.

  • Instructors communicate regularly with parents and provide progress reports and other relevant information.

  • The instructor-to-participant ratio is appropriate.

  • Participants are active and engaged throughout each lesson.

  • Instructors are in the water when teaching unless it is appropriate to be on the deck.

  • Participants make progress over time.

WATER SAFETY PRESENTATION TO STUDENTS

MANAGING RIP CURRENTS

The U.S. Lifesaving Association estimates that nearly 100 people die in rip currents each year in the US.  Rip currents accounted for more than 80% of the 84,900 rescues that lifeguards made in 2016.

Here are some safety tips to help you navigate a rip current:

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A RIP CURRENT CARD

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