As the weather heats up, you might be taking a dip in your backyard pool with your children so it is important to take heed of an expert’s water safety tips.

Bob Hubbard, co-founder and co-owner of Hubbard Family Swim Schools, said children should never enter a pool until an adult has told them it is okay, regardless of their age or swimming abilities.

Hubbard recommends you pick an adult to be the “water watcher” on the pool deck assigned to watch children in the pool. When you are in the water and inviting your child to join you, count “one, two, three” and they will learn to jump in the pool after “three.” Instruct your kids to jump in the pool feet first or fall forward and land on their bellies.

If you are on a boat on a lake, wear life jackets, Hubbard said. But if you are swimming in a pool your children need constant supervision, not flotation devices.

Hubbard Family Swim School is planning to hold summer day camps as long as it is safe to do so. To learn more, visit



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