Drowning Prevention

Drowning Prevention Information

One of the primary functions of our aquatics programs is to provide water safety education to the community. This includes providing education in water safety, swimming and specialty programs at our facilities and in the community. We realize that you may choose to enjoy aquatic activities at our supervised facilities and in other settings. The following information is designed to assist parents and others in minimizing the risks associated with aquatic activities.

  • Never leave a child near a pool/spa, bathtub, toilet, water-filled bucket, pond or any standing body of water. There is no substitute for adult supervision, so make sure an adult is constantly watching.
  • Drowning and near-drowning occurs in familiar surroundings during very short lapses in supervision, such as leaving to answer the phone or the doorbell.
  • If you must leave the pool/bathtub area, take your child with you.
  • Do not have older siblings watch younger children in the water. They are not trained or mature enough to be given such responsibility.
  • Do not rely solely on swimming lessons, life preservers, or any other equipment to make a child “water safe.” While these help to minimize risk, they are not foolproof.
  • A fence or wall barrier should completely enclose your pool or spa.
  • All gates or doors leading from the house to the pool area should have self-closing and self-latching mechanisms to protect against unauthorized entry and use.
  • Alarms on windows and doors leading out to your pool are recommended to notify you if someone goes outside.
  • Do not place objects near the pool or spa fence that could enable a child to climb over.
  • Do not leave toys/objects out in the open that will attract your child to the pool area. Put them away and out of sight.
  • NEVER swim alone. Always swim with a buddy.
  • Learn to swim.
  • Take a CPR/first aid course.
  • Keep a portable telephone by the pool/spa.
  • Be prepared for an emergency. Have a plan.
  • Look in the pool area first if a child is missing.
  • Constant adult supervision is essential.

Additional Resources
Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition

Get Healthy Clark County

American Red Cross

Drowning Demo May 2011 HMGP (54)