Dr. Garry Gardner, a pediatrician and chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention, offers the following rules to help keep children safe from drowning:
- Touch supervision: Parents or supervising adults need to stay within arms reach of small children while in the water.
- Constant supervision: As a child grows older, touch supervision may not be needed, but even older children, strong swimmers included, need to be under continuous supervision from a designated adult at all times.
- Teach your children to swim.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics