Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm’s reach to provide active supervision. We know it’s hard to get everything done without a little multitasking, but this is the time to avoid distractions of any kind. If children are near water, then they should be the only thing on your mind. Small children can drown in as little as one inch of water.
When there are several adults present and children are swimming, use a schedule strategy to allot each adult a certain amount of time (such as 30-minute periods) to prevent lapses in supervision. At Hudson Valley Swim, we find this swimming technique to work very well.
For an additional resource on sun and water safety, Love Holidays has published a study on Keeping Your Kids Safe on a Family Holiday. You may find the full guide here.