We promote the ABCs and 123s of Water Safety. The ABCs are geared toward adults, and the 123s are geared toward children. The Michael Phelps Foundation recommends removing any toys and floats from in and around the pool when not in use as these can attract young children to the pool. An adult should supervise children at all times. Remember to practice safety when around water.
“I was first introduced to swimming through a water safety program, and it’s been one of my goals to help every child learn to swim. While swimming is a lifesaving skill, it’s still important – no matter who you are – to be careful around the water. I’m competitive and love to play games, especially in the pool, but I want everybody to know that some basic tips apply to us all – never swim alone and never hold your breath for an extended time. Shallow water blackout is lethal but also preventable, so please educate yourself and your loved ones about the importance of water safety.” – Michael Phelps
We are excited to partner with PAW Patrol and share the important message of water safety worldwide. Check out the Michael Phelps Foundation and Paw Patrol SafetyFirst Water Safety Tool Kit here.
ABCs of Water Safety for Adults
Parents, teach your children never to get in the pool without an adult.
Put your cell phone away.
Stay engaged with your child.
Never be more than an arms-length away.
If you are at a public pool, ensure a certified lifeguard is on duty.
Assign a water watcher: determine which adult in your party is in charge of exclusively watching the children in the water. Take turns! But be aware that it is important to communicate who the watcher is.
All pools should have a barrier around them.
Make sure the door is closed leading into the pool. You do not want people coming in or out without you knowing it
If you have a backyard pool, be sure to have a secure barrier and check to make sure your drains are compliant with VGB
Be aware if there are barriers set up at a public pool. Only swim where it is permitted
Enroll your children in swim lessons. Look for lessons that teach the children to be comfortable and confident in the water. Swimmers need to understand and “feel” buoyancy and balance to make them safer in the water. This approach helps children to react to new situations that may occur in the water
Consider taking some swimming classes to brush up on your swimming skills
Take a CPR class. CPR is essential in an emergency.
The 1, 2, 3s of Water Safety for Children
1. Never swim alone
Never swim alone
Be sure to stay with your parents or other adults.
Be sure to tell your adult that you are going in the water
Remind your adult to watch you
Learn what a lifeguard is and where they sit or stand