Long summer days means more water activities at the beach, lake, river, or pool. With greater access to water in summer months, comes increased risks for water accidents or even drowning. Learning to swim is the best way to be safe near any body of water. Be sure to have your child’s swimming skills tested by a qualified instructor before summer. Children regress in endurance and skill when they haven’t had swim instruction year round. Drowning can happen anywhere, even in a small backyard wading pool. Be sure to supervise children and teens around water at all times and never swim alone. Building survival and swimming skills takes time so schedule your lessons well in advance of the summer season and your next vacation near water. Year round lessons and participation on a swim team can keep your family safe and fit and is an investment for LIFE!