The Facts about Teen & Young Adult Drowning
Kids are not the only concern when it comes to water safety. The fact is, each year there are reported cases of teens and young adults drowning. Below are facts and prevention tips to share with the teens in your life.
Fact: Most accidents occur when there is no adult-supervision or in non-lifeguard protected area's
Always swim in supervised area's!
Fact: Teens over-estimate their abilities and under-estimate the true conditions of the water. For example: Tidal action, Depth of Water, Cold Temperature, Unseen Items In the Water.
Swim only in designated area's and read all safety signs
Fact: Alcohol and drugs impair a person's ability to use good judgment around water
NEVER SWIM WHILE IMPAIRED
Teens Making An Impact on Drowning Prevention
The best way for a teen to avoid being part of the problem is to be part of the solution. How? If you're 15 and up, you can train to become a Life Guard, or volunteer at your local pool. For teens ages 11-14 many Recreation Departments offer Junior Lifeguarding programs.
Junior Life Guard Programs
A great way for teens to improve their water safety knowledge is to attend a Junior Life Guard class. These classes are generally for children ages 9-17 (depending on the program) and are offered through most local aquatic programs!
Contact your Recreation Department or Local Pool Today to see what programs they offer!