Parent's Corner

water safety education

For Parents and Caregivers

  • Remember having your child learn how to swim is the best thing can you can do!
  • Swimming pools are fourteen times more likely than a motor vehicle to be involved in the death of a child age four and under.
  • Seventy percent of all preschoolers who drown are in the care of one or both parents at the time of drowning.

At Home

Even if you don't have a pool or spa in your backyard, you are still at risk of a water related injuries occurring in your home. Children can drown in two inches of water, making toilets, buckets, containers, bathtubs, and sinks a dangerous place for any child. To find how you can make your home a safer place in preventing water related injuries click on our At Home Water Safety Guide.

Backyard Swimming Pools and Spas

Having a backyard pool or spa is a great way for parents to have the comfort and control of their child being close by. However, you could be at a higher risk of having a water related injury take place in your own pool or spa. To know more on how you can make your backyard pool or spa a safer place for children, click on our Backyard Swimming Pools and Spas Guide.

Recreational Aquatic Centers

With indoor water parks and aquatic centers becoming more popular, going to the pool is no longer a seasonal activity for children. Children have access to swimming pools year long which makes knowing how to S.W.I.M and having fun more important then ever. Make sure you and your child know what precautions to take before going swimming. For more information, click on our Recreational Aquatic Centers Guide.


Whether you own a boat or not understanding the safety measures that need to take place before boarding a boat with your child are extremely important. Knowing if you and your child are safe on a boat means understanding safe boating techniques. Is your boat or a boat you are on have the appropriate safety equipment vital for emergencies? Find out what you can do to make boating a safe and enjoyable activity. Click on our Boating Guide for safe boating information.

Oceans, Large Lakes, and Beaches

Oceans, lakes, and beaches are a great way for children and families to experience the great outdoors! However, these natural bodies of water carry a different risk for water related fatalities and injuries. Unlike swimming pools and spas, oceans and beaches span across larger areas and have unpredictable factors you cannot control. Be sure that you know what to do in case of an emergency while at beach or in the ocean. Click on our Oceans, Lakes, and Beaches Guide to find out more safety information.

Rivers, Streams, and Ponds

Rivers, lakes, streams, and ponds are bodies of water that can be found anywhere and pose a high risk for water related accidents year long. Having any of these inland waters nearby is a consist factor that you need to be aware of. Learn how you can be conscious of the dangers inland waters contain and work towards preventing water related accidents. Click on our Rivers, Streams, and Ponds Guide for more educational information.