At Texas Swim Academy, we strongly focus on drowning prevention and water safety. And we’ve made it our passion to empower swimmers with the skills they need to have a safe time in the pool.

Tune to the video below to hear Yves and Larry Stewart’s story about their son Kameron, who survived a drowning accident in August 2013.

The Facts About Drowning

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children, especially for infants and children under 5. Most drowning accidents occur in swimming pools, ponds, rivers, lakes, and even bathtubs. It is important to know that children can drown in even one inch of water.

Knowing how to respond in a drowning emergency situation can save a victim’s life and prevent damage to the brain and respiratory system. If drowning occurs, it’s important to act immediately.

The American Red Cross recommends knowing how to recognize the signs of drowning.

  • Active drowning victims are often vertical in the water and will try to press arms down in an attempt to keep their head above water.
  • Passive drowning victims are motionless and float below the water’s surface.

Other signs may signal that a child or adult is danger of drowning:

  • Head low in the water, mouth at water level
  • Head tilted back and mouth open
  • Eyes closed or glassy, unable to focus
  • Hair over forehead and eye area
  • Not using legs – stance in a vertical position
  • Hyperventilating or gasping for breath
  • Trying to swim in a particular direction but not making headway
  • Trying to rollover on back
  • Appear to be climbing invisible ladder

What to Do in a Drowning Emergency

  • If someone is missing, check the water first.
  • Reach for the victim or throw a life-saving device to the individual. Do not leave the victim.
  • Administer CPR and rescue breathing immediately if the victim is not breathing on their own. The CDC says that starting CPR immediately, rather than waiting for emergency personnel, can reduce the chance of brain damage.
  • While you are with the victim, send another individual to call 911 or the local emergency number.
  • Those who have come close to drowning should complete a medical examination and should remain under observation for 24 hours if they inhaled water or lost consciousness to ensure that damage was not sustained by the nervous or respiratory system.

Parents and guardians who would like to obtain CPR certification can find the nearest class here:

Prevent Drowning Layers of Protection

Drowning is quick and silent. Children slip under the water silently and within a matter of seconds. The best way to prevent drowning accidents from happening is by adding layers of protection.

This includes:

  • Close supervision at all times
  • Installing barriers such as a four-foot-high, non-climbable, four-sided fence with self-closing, self-latching gates to completely surround the pool and prevent unsupervised access
  • Installing alarms on doors leading to the pool area
  • Installing a power safety cover
  • Learning CPR and keeping telephone and safety equipment at poolside

One of the first and best steps you can take is to learn how to swim or enroll your child in a survival swim program. Learn more about our swim programs (for both children and adults) as well as the Survival Swim program here:

The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s is a great resource for families on drowning prevention and water safety. Visit this site for information on keeping you residential pool and spa safe and assessing kid-friendly resources for teaching your children about being safe in and around a swimming pool. 

For more swimming safety resources, please visit our resources page:


Texas Swim Academy is the best swim school near me offering result-oriented swimming lessons in Katy that cater to all ages and abilities. Our well-trained and experienced swimming instructors provide a variety of programs for infants through adulthood. For the little ones, we offer swimming lessons for babies and swimming lessons for toddlers focused on survival swimming skills to build a strong water safety foundation and foster water confidence at a young age. Once your child knows how to swim, our swim lessons for children will help refine techniques and build endurance, as the consistent practice of their swimming skills is an imperative part of becoming a strong swimmer. 

Our adaptive aquatics program is designed for children of all ages and abilities to ensure every child, including children on the autism spectrum, can benefit from these fundamental skills and enjoy the water in a safe and comfortable environment. Adults seeking to improve their swimming prowess or learn how to swim for the first time can enroll in adult swim lessons tailored to their specific goals.

Our swim lessons near me are a convenient and accessible way for you and your family to learn how to swim in a comfortable environment. Our dedicated instructors are passionate about teaching and ensuring your progress in the water. Take a few minutes to view Our Swimmer Stories to learn more about what other families are saying about their experience with Texas Swim Academy. 

Contact us to learn more about our programs or stop by our state-of-the-art swimming facility in Katy to register today. Be sure to follow our Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages for important news, updates, and swimming safety tips, and read our blog to keep up-to-date with important information on water safety and proper swimming lessons.