To accomplish our mission, we will provide opportunities for everyone to learn water safety education and teach water safety skills both in the water and classrooms.
In partnership with our communities, we will reduce the number of fatalities caused by the preventable tragedy of drowning.
To accomplish our vision, we are dedicated to bringing Water Safety Programs into each community through education and the involvement of local leaders and concerned citizens.
Never leave a toddler/kids neglected in or near the swimming pool.
Constantly watch kids when they’re in or near the pool, and never leave them neglected. Choose an established Water supervisor, a grown-up tasked with overseeing children in the water. That should be their single responsibility – they shouldn’t be texting, reading, or playing on their cell phone. Have a telephone nearby by at all times in circumstance you need to request for guidance, and if a kid is missing, verify the swimming pool first.
Likewise, if a lifeguard is present, adults should nevertheless take the burden of obtaining a selected Water Watcher. When any lifeguard seat is empty, the left lifeguards may not be capable to see the complete pool and when lifeguards are seated in flat chairs, their scene can be blocked by swimmers in the swimming pool.
Educate youngsters how to swim.
Swimming is not solely enjoyable, it’s a lifesaving craft. Register kids in swimming schoolings; there are numerous free or less expensive options accessible from your local YMCA, neighborhood Parks, and Recreation Department.
Educate kids to stay away from drains.
Do not play or float close to swimming pool drains or suction outlets, particularly in spas and shallow swimming pools, and nevermore access a swimming pool or spa that possesses a loose, broken or removed the drain cover. Children’s hair, jewels or bathing clothes can get stuck in a drain or suction hole. Meanwhile, when using a spa, be certain to establish the emergency vacuum shutoff before using the swimming pool or spa.
Secure all swimming pools, hot tubs and spas – In your yard and any city swimming pool you may attend – have acquiescent drain pool covers.
Virginia Graeme Baker, behind whom the Swimming Pool and Spa Safety Act is identified, perished from sinking due to a suction trap from a damaged drain cover. All public swimming pools and spas need to have drain covers that fit safety measures to circumvent conflicts similar to the one that captured Graeme’s life. Strong suction from a swimming pool or spa drain can even confine an adult.
Place proper barriers, covers, and alarms on and throughout your swimming pool and spa.
Proper fences, boundaries, alarms, and covers can be lifesaving tools. A barrier of at least four feet in elevation should enclose the swimming pool or spa on all sides and should not be climbable for kids. The water should only be available within a self-latching gate. Instruct kids to never attempt to rise above the gate or fence. Establish a door alarm from the residence to the swimming pool area, and retain pool and spa covers in operating correctly.
Understand how to administer CPR for children and adults.
Oftentimes, witnesses are the front to help a drowning victim, so studying CPR can assist save a life. And once you’re CPR approved, make sure to keep your certification updated. CPR courses are accessible through many hospitals, city centers, or by reaching the American Red Cross.
Take the Pledge!
Before going to the swimming pool or spa with your children, remember to exert the Pool Safely Pledge. This online call to action is a warning to stay more protected around swimming pools and spa