Learn Your Lessons
Enroll your teen in lessons to teach them water safety and make sure you and your teen are comfortable with their swimming ability when around bodies of water.
Be a Buddy
Know when your teen is going to be in or near water and require them to use the "buddy system."
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a valuable skill that can save lives in emergency situations. It's a good idea to enroll your teen in CPR classes so they're certified and prepared for any situation. Check out some of The Red Cross' great courses.
Always enclose the pool or spa completely with a barrier, like a fence, at least 5 feet high with self‑latching, self‑closing gates. Covers and barriers should always be secured and you should know where the manual cut‑off switch for the pool pump is.
Always make sure your teen wears floatation devices, like life jackets, that are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard at all times while on or near the water. Learn more about choosing the right floatation device here.