Now that it is swim season, many families will be enjoying the spring and summer weather in or around water, whether it’s a pool, beach, water park, or lake. As a facility that focuses on water safety and drowning prevention, we want all of our TSA families to be safe this season! So, we would like to share six important safety guidelines to keep in mind no matter what type of water fun you will be enjoying this season, starting with:


1. Never Leave a Swimmer Alone

Young swimmers should never be left unsupervised in the water, even if they are proven to be experienced swimmers. It only takes a few seconds of looking away for a drowning accident to happen. These occurrences most likely happen when a victim is left alone or unsupervised. Commit to watching children at all times when they are in the water to ensure their overall safety, even if there are lifeguards present! When in a lake, pond, or beach, you cannot always determine the water’s depth so it’s especially important to have adult supervision during these times.


2. Keep Children Away From Drains & Covers

Young minds are inquisitive and ready to explore every inch of the water. However it’s important for parents and guardians to enforce that children stay away from drains and covers. If not properly equipped, these can pose as very dangerous hazards for swimmers, especially for young children. Entrapments occur when someone or something such as hair, jewelry, clothing, becomes stuck to these drains, restricting swimmers from breaking away. If you are a pool owner, inspect drains and covers to make sure they function properly. When at a public pool area, remind your swimmers to stay away from these devices to ensure safe swimming.


3. Follow the Facility Rules

Whether your family will be at a pool, a beach, or water park this season, it’s important to review the rules for each establishment with your children. Public pools and water parks will each have their own set of guidelines regarding conduct and swimming in the pool. This includes toys and attire. Only swim or dive in specified areas that are supervised by a lifeguard. Remind your children that these rules are here for a reason – to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time!


4. Stay Away During Lightning Storms

During the warmer seasons, it’s pretty common to experience thunderstorms in the Greater Houston area. Outdoor swimming pools during these storms can be extremely dangerous. As soon as you see lightning or hear thunder, it’s important to get everyone out of the pool and away from structures such as showers, dressing rooms, filter/pump rooms. If a suitable structure is not available to evacuate to, a hard topped car is a good alternative. Use a standard flash-to-bang count to determine distance from the storm and if it’s getting closer. Count in one-second increments; every 5-second count equals one mile. If the flash-to-bang count is less than a 30-second count, evacuate the pool area immediately. Remember, lack of rain, a blue sky, or sunshine does not guarantee that lightning and thunder will not occur. Do not return to a pool until at least 30 minutes after the last lightning is sighted or thunder heard. Check with local weather radio stations or reports to make certain that weather is clear.


5. Practice Sun Safety

Always wear sunscreen when swimming outdoors. Just one day in the sun without the proper protection can take its toll. Wear loose fitting clothing to keep cool with a hat and sunglasses for extra protection from ultraviolet rays. An SPF of 15 or higher is recommended for sunscreen. Remember to apply frequently, especially after each swimming session. Proper sun safety also includes drinking plenty of water to prevent dehydration, especially on sunny days. Pay close attention to young children, who are likely to become dehydrated more quickly than adults.


6. Enroll Children in Swim Lessons

Finally, swimming is an important personal safety skill that prevents drowning for a lifetime. The best thing that anyone can do to ensure a safe time in the water is by learning how to swim. This includes both adults and children. The Survival Swim is a swim program focused on survival swimming. Babies and young children are taught to float and breathe regardless of the water’s depth for an indefinite period of time until help arrives. Swim lessons offer an extra layer of protection in case of an accidental plunge in the water. To learn more about this and other programs offered at Texas Swim Academy, please visit our programs page.

To review more resources and tips on water safety and drowning prevention, please visit the Pool Safely website.


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.