Childrens Services Council - Child Safety


Open Water

From oceans to manmade lakes, open water is everywhere in South Florida. Here are some tips from Safe Kids Worldwide to help keep your child safe when boating or around bodies of water:


  • Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool. Talk to them about rip currents and only swimming where there are lifeguards present.
  • Teach children not to dive into open water because they may not know how deep the water is or what might be hidden under the surface.
  • Always have children wear life jackets approved by U.S. Coast Guard while on boats or around bodies of water. The chances of drowning in a boating accident are 1 in 66 if wearing a life jacket and 1 in 11 without a life jacket.
  • Many boating accidents are alcohol-related. Booze, boats and kids can be a lethal combination.
  • Infants and children are at a higher risk for hypothermia. If you are taking a baby on a boat, make sure to have a dry blanket or towel.
  • Make sure you know CPR. CPR classes are offered through the American Red Cross (click here) & CPR Florida (click here).
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