National Drowning Prevention Alliance

Standards for Water Smart Baby Lessons

All standards are based on current research and best practices.

State Permitted Facility

  • The pools must be permitted by local government agency that oversees aquatic facilities.
  • The pool, deck, bathrooms, changing rooms must be clean and sanitary.
  • Babies need warm water to have a successful experience. The water temperature of 97°-93°F is recommended.
  • It is suggested that wet suits be used for temperatures lower than 90°F.
  • All babies must wear an approved, snug-fitting swim diaper in the pool.

Small Class Ratio

  • There should be a 1 to 6 instructor/child ratio with a parent or caregiver holding the child and participating in the lesson.

Credentialed Instructors

  • Instructors must have a national swimming certification and a basic course in infant water safety.
  • They should be certified in CPR and First Aid for the professional rescuer.
  • Background checks should be required for every instructor and staff member at an aquatic facility.

Nurturing Instructional Style

  • A good program builds upon a child’s successes.
  • Instruction style should always be nurturing, positive and supportive.
  • Instructors should be patient, gentle and enthusiastic to be successful.

Water Safety Curriculum

  • Water safety skills should be taught.
  • The lesson plans should be ordered in a step-by-step plan of development where one skill is built upon another in proper order. The skills should be practiced until they are mastered.
  • The parent should know exactly what is expected of the child in each level of the program.

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