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Make note of swimming pool depths. If you have a personal swimming pool, depths should be clearly marked so that children and guests know the depth of your pool. Do not allow diving into your swimming pool in depths of less than nine feet.
Make sure you are aware of depths in public swimming pools as well. Children should not venture into deeper waters without an adult with them. Many swimming pools have a slope or drop between the shallower end and the deeper waters of the swimming pool.
Before you allow your children to play in the shallow end, feel out the area and note where the depth begins to change. Show them how far they can go and make sure to watch them at all time.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|