The American Red Cross states, “It only takes a moment. A child or weak swimmer can drown in the time it takes to reply to a text, check a fishing line, or apply sunscreen. Death and injury from drownings happen every day in home pools and hot tubs, at the beach or in oceans, lakes, rivers and streams, bathtubs, and even buckets.
The Red Cross believes that by working together to improve water competency – which includes swimming skills, water smarts, and helping others – water activities can be safer… and just as much fun.”
One way to practice safety while on the water is to ensure life jackets are a proper fit and approved by the U.S. Coast Guard by checking the label and checking that all straps, buckles, and zippers are secure.