Although older children are more likely to know how to swim, they are at risk for drowning by overestimating their skills, being unaware of water currents or water depth, and when drinking alcohol or using drugs.
To protect your teen from drowning, the American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following tips:
- Insist that your teen always swim with a buddy.
- Encourage teens to take swimming, diving and water safety or rescue classes to give them the skills needed to swim and dive safely. These classes may also prevent your teen from acting recklessly.
- Teach your teen never to swim or dive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Make sure your teen checks the depth of the water before diving.