When it comes to pool safety, we believe in practicing the six layers of protection to provide children with maximum protection in and around water at all times: stay close, adult supervision, survival swim lessons, barriers, safety equipment and knowing CPR. While these do not guarantee a total avoidance of drowning, they do allow for maximum protection against accidental drowning when incorporated into your daily routine. While CPR isn’t something that’s overlooked completely, many may not understand its true importance in keeping your children safe. 

When it comes to a medical emergency, every single second counts. Because drowning is often silent and quick, it’s imperative that the first responder knows how to perform CPR. This life-saving measure can help prevent the damaging effects of the lack of blood flow to the brain, heart, lungs and other organs if performed immediately and effectively, and can help increase a child’s chance of survival. 

So, do you know CPR?

A recent study conducted by the Cleveland Clinic found that only slightly over half of Americans (54 percent) say they know CPR. And of that, many don’t know the right way to perform it. CPR performed for a drowning event is different than that of a cardiac event, so it’s imperative to know what to do. 

Like many safety recommendations, proper CPR techniques do change over time, so it’s important to not only learn CPR but also stay up-to-date with the latest performance standards, especially those in regard to drownings. 

The best way to learn CPR is by reputable sources throughout your community. Many schools, community centers, Red Cross facilities, and even health & fitness clubs offer courses to both young adults and adults, ensuring they are properly taught this lifesaving technique. Not only is this a necessary skill set that all adults should know, but it’s also an invaluable skill set that young adults who will be babysitting or watching younger siblings or family members should be proficient in. 

If you are a pool owner or visit family or friends who own pools, consider the value of knowing CPR. We all want to believe that drowning cannot happen to our family, but the reality is that accidents do occur, and we need to be prepared in the unfortunate event that they do happen. By having this knowledge and skillset, you will be able to confidently and safely provide CPR and save a life. 

Your Katy Survival Swim Experts

Pool safety is more than just knowing how to swim. There are many facets of aquatic safety that when coupled with survival swim lessons can help increase the safety of your children when they are in and around water. We remain dedicated to giving children the skills necessary to be safe and confident swimmers. We offer lessons for children as young as six months old. To learn more about our survival swim lessons and what you can expect, give us a call today. 


Texas Swim Academy is a state-of-the-art swimming facility offering water safety, survival swim, and kids swimming lessons in Katy, Texas. Owners Kathleen and Bruce McMordie, alongside our certified staff, help parents introduce children to water at an early age through the Infant Survival Swim Program , teaching life-saving techniques and basic swimming skills.

Our Stroke Development Program offers six different levels to help students progress in their swimming skills at his or her own pace. Our Adaptive Aquatics Program was created specifically for children with special abilities. Find swimming class registration information here. By subscribing to Texas Swim Academy’s blog , you can stay current on valuable water safety resources such as survival swim, health and wellness, Texas Swim Academy news and more. Follow our Facebook , Twitter, and YouTube pages for even more news, updates, and tips!