Drowning is the third greatest cause of accidental death in children in industrialised countries.
Over 50% of cases of drowning occur close to the water's edge.
Without wanting to terrify you, drowning is typically quick and silent. Since they are small, young children don’t tend to make much of a splash or thrash about waving their arms for help. They often just fall in, head first and sink.
Please NEVER let them swim alone.
Please NEVER take your eyes of your child(ren) around water.
> Always remain vigilant. No infant or toddler should EVER be left unattended near water, including baths, at any time.
> When swimming with your child ALWAYS ensure you are within arms’ reach at all times.
> Always inform your partner or another competent adult that they are in charge/watching the child(ren) if you have to nip away – even if just for a few minutes to answer the phone or grab a towel. Make sure your replacement has verbally acknowledged they will be watchful - this is especially important at pool parties. Sometimes parents hand over the lanyard or another item to their replacement to signify who is “on watch” and take it in turns.
> ALWAYS shut the pool gate and never leave any toys/floats in the water which might be tempting to a child.
> Once a toddler/preschooler is “water safe” and can swim a small distance after confidently jumping in - they are the ones you need to be most vigilant about. They tend to be over-confident about their abilities without comprehending the risk and often cannot yet raise their heads to breath.
> No method of infant swimming can guarantee drown proofing but children have a better chance of survival if they are familiar with water since they tend to be more relaxed if they accidentally fall in.
> At its simplest level “Water Safe” means when a child can swim back to the side after jumping in. However, it takes several years to consolidate these skills to a competency where your child is deemed “water safe”. Generally a child would have to be at least 7 years old and have had continuous weekly swimming lessons throughout to be deemed a competent swimmer. For more information see: