Backyard Pool Supervision - Water Safety for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Toddlers and preschoolers are gaining confidence and becoming more independent as the weeks and months fly past. Set consistent rules when the pool is and is not in use, for both your toddler and the adults who supervise her.
In any setting with children and the water, supervision is critical. Child drownings are silent and rapid. Even a preschooler who is a great swimmer needs constant, capable supervision, and that means an adult is within “touch distance” of her, in case she needs help in the water.
Whether you are in the pool or beside it, always designate a “Water Watcher,” so that everyone knows who is in charge of supervising your toddler or preschooler.
Your Water Watcher should be:
- Old enough to watch your toddler
- Able to swim, in case a rescue is needed
- Qualified to give CPR
- Not under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Make sure the designated Water Watcher takes turns, so supervision is always fresh.
Become a Water Watcher
Would you like a designated “Water Watcher” tag? If so, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Maricopa County, most water-related incidents involving children happen in a backyard pool. Often, there is a peak in risk, on weekend evenings, so be extra careful at that time of day.
Resources for Water Watchers
Phoenix Children’s provides many resources to help you keep your children safe around the backyard pool.