Here in Florida we are lucky enough to be able to enjoy the water year round. While the best thing you can do to help your family stay safe is to enroll your children in water safety lessons, it is also important to follow these tips whenever you are in, or around bodies of water:
- Actively supervise children whenever they are near water - even if lifeguards are present.
- Never allow children to swim alone. Teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
- Install and use barriers around your pool or hot tub. Safety covers and pool alarms should be added as additional layers of protection.
- Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.
- If you have an above-ground pool, remove access ladders and secure safety covers when the pool is not in use.
- At the beach, swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
- If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Boating fatalities often occur from drowning.
- Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious near bodies of water including shorelines, rivers and lakes.
- Enroll in home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED training to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.
Each summer, the Children's Services Council of St. Lucie County provides funds for St. Lucie County's Parks and Recreation Aquatics Division to provide sponsorships to elibible St. Lucie County families who enroll their children in water safety and learn-to-swim lessons. For more information on the scholarships available, visit the County's website here