Even if your child has taken swim lessons, it’s important to be alert while they’re in the water, whether you’re at the pool or at the lake. Small children should always be within arm’s reach, and never left unattended near water—this includes small kiddie pools you can set up in the backyard and even while in a bathtub. If you gather at the pool with other families, it’s a good idea to assign an adult to watch the children.
Teach Your Kids About The Rules
You probably remember your parents or a lifeguard yelling about not running at the pool, and that was for good reason. Running around slick surfaces like a dock or near a pool can lead to serious injury. That’s why it’s important to teach these pool rules to your children:
• No running or pushing near the pool
• No swimming without an adult present
• No food or drinks in the pool.
“We focus a lot on teaching kids about pool and water safety, but teaching these rules to parents is just as important,” Oestreich says.