Water Safety Rules for Children

Reasonable and enforced water safety rules can keep swimming safe and fun for everyone. Water safety is not something to take for granted. Accidents can happen at home or in a a public pool, even under the watchful eye of a lifeguard. 

Private Pool Rules

  • Never swim alone. If no one is home to swim with you, wait until you have the company of parents and family members.
  • Keep away from the pool if no adult is there to supervise swimming. Always get permission.
  • Don't run or horse around a pool side where you could slip and fall.
  • Never dive into a pool that is not deep or is marked "No Diving."
  • Keep safety ring life preservers poolside. Know how to use them.
  • Have an adult verify the safety of a new pool before you swim in it.
  • Stay out of a pool during bad weather.
  • Inform babysitters of your pool rules.

Public Pool Rules

  • Obey all pool rules.
  • Swim only when lifeguard is on duty. Get out to rest and don't get too tired. Sun and excessive time in the water can lead to exhaustion.
  • Stay away from pool drains and drain covers. Report any broken or loose covers. If you see a swirl of water around a drain cover, stay away and report the excessive suction.

Outside the Pool

  • Swimming in lakes, rivers, along the beach and in creeks can be risky. It is safer if you are swimming only in designated swimming areas, have supervision and obey safety alerts.
  • Ask if the spot has deep areas or unsafe undertows. Be aware of current movement and don't take chances.
  • Never show off or try to swim further than you are able.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Don't play alone near water with running current. Even a ditch running with rainfall after a heavy rain can be stronger than expected.
  • Ask permission of an adult before playing in any water.
  • Always wear a life jacket when riding in a boat or playing on a bridge or dock over water.

Enjoy water by obeying the safety rules. Rules help you stay safe from drowning and serious injuries.

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