* AGE DOESN'T MATTER and if they can swim or not. Accidents can still happen!! My son was 7 and could swim. He fell in wearing blue jeans and either hit his head or panicked.
* Drowning is the #1 cause of accidental death in children ages 1-4 and #2 in children ages 4-14.
* Boys are 77% more likely to drown than girls.
* Even if your child can swim, they should have an adult watching them at all times near water. Even during "non-swimming" times. (We were not swimming when it happened).
* It is called the Silent Killer because there is no splashing around (or struggle) or cries for help. It happens that fast. It's not like in the movies.
* I agree kids should be in life jackets at all times, but this also gives them a false sense of confidence, so during "non- swimming" times, they get in the water thinking they'll be okay. (This wasn't the case in our situation, but still throwing that out there).
* The water doesn't have to be deep for it to happen.
* Most drownings happen with the family and other people close by, they just don't notice because it happens so fast.
* Designate a water watcher at all times, even NON-swimming times. NO PHONES!
* Kids should not only have traditional swim lessons, but also learn Survival Swimming. This teaches children self-rescue techniques.
* LEARN CPR!
* My son's situation was at a lake, not a pool, but I can't tell you how many stories I have heard (usually the 1-4 age group) where kids have fallen in pools and drowned. Use proper barriers/fencing/alarms. My baby niece wears a bracelet on her ankle that sounds an alarm through the house if it touches water. BEWARE of dog doors.
* Teach your kids about the dangers of water in general, it's not all fun in the sun. Make them understand the dangers, again the puddle jumpers give false confidence.
* NEVER EVER let your guard down around water, no matter how old the child is. I hear about teens and young adults drowning, as well. Always be aware, I cannot stress this enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!