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Make Pool Fun Cool—and Safe—This Summer

By Maggie Hall, P.I.O.

May 04, 2018

The weather is heating up and that means it’s almost time for your children’s summer vacation. For many kids and adults in Pinellas, that also means it’s time to cool off in pools. Unfortunately, pool season is also a time when the number of child drownings and near-drownings increases

To make water fun safe for children and adults, it’s important to learn to swim—no matter how old you are. From babies to seniors, anyone can enjoy a safe outing in water with basic swim and safety skills. Swimming is a cool way to stay fit and the safety skills learned during swim lessons can help you do it the right way.

Formal swim lessons for children younger than four can reduce their risk of drowning by 88 percent, according to the Prevent Needless Deaths campaign.

In Pinellas, Florida Suncoast SAFE Kids provides information on ways to make your home pool safer for children and on swim lessons. The site also includes a list of locations in Pinellas that provide swim lessons for children and adults.

Throughout the state, WaterSmart Florida encourages layers of protection that include supervision, barriers and emergency preparedness. Their site has materials and resources that include links to Florida laws governing pool safety.

Contact your city directly for information on public pools and lessons offered at their facilities to make this a safe summer for everyone in your family:

Make this a fun and safe summer around water in Pinellas. You’re never too young or too old to learn to swim and you might even save a life with those skills this summer. Don’t wait—dive right in!