The very first tip we always include in our Layers of Protection is to stay close. Can accidents occur when a parent is right next to them? Absolutely. A child can still fall on their own, they can bump their head and they can get into mischief even with a parent nearby. But, and a big one at that is if your child is in or near the water, staying close by can mean the difference between life and death. Drowning happens within seconds, and your reactionary time will make a huge difference in protecting your child against drowning. 

What Does It Mean to Stay Close By?

A child should never be left unattended when they are in or near the water. There needs to be a clear designation of a Water Watcher and adult in charge when kids are playing in the pool. What staying close means is being engaged and focused on the kids in the pool, not engaged in conversation with a friend or family member, or being distracted by their phone. It means you’ll be ready to jump in the water as soon as you see a child in distress or better yet, be able to prevent that from happening in the first place since you are watching over the kids. 

Please read our previous blog about the Importance of Adult Supervision By the Pool to understand more about why adults play a pivotal role in the safety of their children. 

The Benefit of Survival Swim Lessons & Parent Involvement

At Texas Swim Academy, we believe there is a difference between right and wrong swimming lessons. You will not find us offering Parent-Tot swim classes because while they are fun, they are counterproductive. We do believe parents play an important role in a child’s success in survival swimming lessons, and that’s why we include them in our survival swim lessons in the right capacity. 

Our Parent-Tot Swimming Lessons Aren’t Effective blog post goes more into depth about our survival swim model and why we conduct lessons the way we do. 

Swimming lessons don’t end when you leave our facility. We encourage parents, and teach them, how to properly work with their children at home to continue to foster the lessons they’re learning with us. Children learn from repetition, so it’s important to practice their survival swim skills on a regular basis. 

We invite you to read our blog about Parents Play a Crucial Role in Successful Swimming Lessons to understand our stance on why parent involvement is so important. Parents bring a sense of safety and security to their kids, and without a doubt, they’ll do anything for them. By engaging with your child, whether it’s after swim lessons or when they’re in the water, you’re providing them the opportunity to learn how to use lifesaving techniques to develop a lifelong appreciation for the water. 

Your Houston Swim School

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children aged 1 to 4 in the United States. With so many homes throughout Texas having pools, it’s imperative to not only teach our children survival swimming skills but to also reiterate to parents the Layers of Protection that should be practiced to keep your child safe in and near the water. Contact us today to learn more about survival swimming lessons and how Texas Swim Academy is dedicated to making a difference in your child’s life. 


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!