Water Safety Tips

Florida has many pools, rivers, springs, lakes and beaches, allowing families to enjoy a wide variety of activities such as swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and tubing.

That makes it vital for parents to learn about water safety. Consider signing up your child for swimming lessons and talk to them about how to stay safe in and around water. Most importantly, always supervise children when they are close to a pool, bathtub or any body of water.

Here are a few water safety tips:

  • Never leave your child unattended near or in a small or large body of water.
  • Always designate an adult to watch children playing in pools or other swimming areas.
  • Check with your local parks and recreation division for age-appropriate swimming lessons.
  • Comply with safety precautions posted on gates located outside of pools.
  • Keep pool drains and your pool covered when not in use.
  • Sign up for a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course and learn this lifesaving technique.

Be prepared and be safe. For additional information on water safety, visit the website Water Safety for Kids | Florida DCF.