Jump In! How to Teach Kids to Swim at Every Age

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Stacey Stapleton on Jun 5, 2012 at 12:48PM

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a Stacey Stapleton on Aug 8, 2011 at 11:18AM

If you have a pool, then be sure it’s gated on all four sides and has a childproof latch that’s way out of reach. Hot tubs should also have lockable covers, not insulated covers that curious kids can easily slip into. “It’s important to establish water safety rules for everyone in the house, just like wearing seat belts in the car,” says Harvey. “Swimming should be prohibited unless a responsible adult, 18 years of age or older, is present.” And whoever is supervising the kids should put down the smartphone. “In a crisis every second counts, so keep your eyes on your kids at all times and keep young children within arm's reach,” says Fisher. 

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