Georgia, unfortunately, often leads the nation in pool and spa deaths. 2015 appears as if it will be no exception. Already, in the month of May alone, three children have died in Georgia pools or spas. Fortunately, there are numerous resources for learning about pool safety and I recommend you review them, regardless of whether you already think you have sufficient knowledge about pool safety. The Georgia Department of Public Health has many recommendations and it is a good place to start.
Probably the first line of pool safety is to teach your child to swim. And I don’t mean dog-peddling, or holding on to the edge of the pool at all times, I mean actual swimming for a good distance on the child’s own power. Sometimes swim lessons can be expensive, and I realize that, but they are absolutely necessary. Your local YMCA has year-round swim lessons and I recommend you enroll your child in one now if he or she isn’t already able to swim completely and competently on his or her own. On June 18, 2015 the World’s Largest Swim Lesson (WLSL) will occur and you can find host pools here in your area. The National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) sponsors this important endeavor every year.
In the meantime, here are 5 things you can do right now to make sure the pool your child swims in is safe: