Above all, supervise your kids at all times. Don't assume that just because your child took swimming lessons or is using a flotation device such as an inner tube or inflatable raft that there's no drowning risk. If you're at a party, it's especially easy to become distracted, so designate an adult who will be responsible for watching the children. If you leave your child with a babysitter, make sure he or she knows your rules for the pool.
Swimming is not only fun, it’s a lifesaving skill. Enroll children in swimming lessons; there are many free or reduced-cost options available from your local YMCA, USA Swimming chapter or Parks and Recreation Department.
If your child likes swimming, also try: Track and field, bicycling; other water sports such as water polo or ; paddle sports such as kayaking or rowing.
Swimming lessons can and do save lives and are another way to help prevent those types of accidents from occurring. Many parents wait until their children are older to teach them how to swim, but even infants can learn life-saving survival skills in the water. There is some debate about how early you should start your child in swimming lessons but, Miami-Dade County firefighters and owners of Little Swimmers, believe the younger the children are the easier it is to teach them.