Few summer activities are more fun for kids than playing in a pool or a water park. But keeping an eye on your splashing, squirming, darting little darling is serious business. The statistics are sobering; drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death among kids ages 1 to 4.
You think you know the basics of keeping your child safe, but there may be some you’re missing. Janet Evans, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, is an ambassador for the USA Swimming Foundation and its Make a Splash campaign. As a mother of two kids ages 7 and 4, she has plenty of hands-on experience keeping kids safe in the water—and smart insights into the pool mistakes even careful parents make.