10 Golden Rules of Water Safety & Drowning Prevention

We don’t teach people how to swim just because it’s a job. We here at SwimJim genuinely have a desire to help as many people enjoy their time in the water in as safe a manner as possible. To hopefully help aid in that effort, we have provided our top 10 water safety rules/tips to hopefully help you stay safe and have a great time the next time you’re in the water. 

  1. Never swim alone: Always make sure someone watches you when you swim.  Even adults.
  2. Learn to swim: At six months, children should start swimming lessons.  Adults who don’t know how should learn to swim too. (Learn more about our baby swimming lessons and swim lessons for children and adults)
  3. Learn to save lives: Parents & caregivers should get certified in CPR & first aid.  Always keep a phone ready in case of emergencies.
  4. Look out for others: Always swim with a buddy: call for help when someone is in trouble.  Never try rescue alone.
  5. Pack a Life Jacket: take Coast Guard-approved life jackets when going to the beach, lake or pool party to float properly. Never depend on inflatable floaties and toys. They are designed to entertain – not to save lives.
  6. Make sure the water is safe: Is the water clear? Can you see the drain at the bottom of the pool? Is someone responsible watching?
  7. Check the pool: Does it have a fence and working gate that stays shut? A weight-bearing pool cover? Without those, children or pets can fall in easily and drown.  Who is the lifeguard or supervisor?
  8. “Reach and throw – don’t go!” : Never try to save anyone by jumping in yourself; then two people are at risk.  Throw them something that floats, or grab a pole that reaches them. Yell yell YELL for help and call 911.
  9. Never dive in shallow water: Ask the lifeguard or a parent where it is safe to dive. Don’t dive if there’s no one to ask.
  10. Obey pool and water safety rules: No running, no eating, no gum, no glass containers.  Get out at the first sign of thunderstorms or lightning.  If there is no lifeguard or supervising adult, wait until later to swim.