We partner with Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona and we strongly recommend and teach our students and families the same safety measures as they do:
A sober adult must always be with children around water. The adult must watch swimmers with their eyes and not be doing anything else. They shouldn’t be reading, talking on the phone or doing chores like yard work or washing the car.
A barrier is something that keeps you away from danger. A few examples of barriers around water are a fence around a pool with a self-closing self-latching gate, a closed lid on a toilet or a closed door leading to the bathroom. A pool fence with a broken gate is not a barrier. An open bathroom door is not a barrier because a small child could get into the full bathtub.
Anyone who does not know how to swim must wear a Coast Guard approved lifejacket. Floaties are toys and do not count as a life vest. Everyone should take swimming lessons to learn how to swim. Older kids and adults should take cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes so they know what to do in case of an emergency.
You can help prevent a drowning by thinking safe around water --- have an adult water watcher, have a barrier around water, wear a Coast Guard approved life vest and take classes.
If you find a child in any source of water:
Editor’s note: Dejan Simurdic this year opened two British Swim School locations to help parents in the area teach their children, as early as 3 months old, swimming strokes and water survival skills. Classes are held at the LA Fitness in San Tan Valley at 40885 N. Ironwood Drive and at LA Fitness in Mesa at 2605 N. Power Road. Learn more at britishswimschool.com.