Be a Water Watchdog this Summer with Abbey’s Hope


As a parent one of my greatest fears is an accident of disastrous consequences.  Life is precious and short.  As mom I feel it is my job to anticipate potentially dangerous situations that might affect my children.  Three little boys do not have an understanding of the world that will entirely ensure their safety.  That’s a parents job.

In this season of hiking, sports, and swimming some essential safety measures are always a must.  I admit it, I’m a safety freak.  To the point that other people sometimes don’t understand my decisions.  But frankly I could care less what other people think.  My children’s safety is number one in my world and it always will be.

I have pledged this summer (and always) to be a Water Watchdog.  What is a Water Watchdog?

Watch the water like lives are at stake (They are.)

Children can drown in seconds. Yes, even in pools where lifeguards are present. That’s why we’ve designed the Water Watchdog Program, with Water Watchdog Tags. The idea is simple. One adult wears the Watchdog Tags, and follows the rules below. When the designated Water Watchdog needs to take a break, he or she hands off the tags, and the responsibility, to another adult.

Take the pledge

As a Water Watchdog, you agree:

  • To maintain constant visual contact with the children in your group.
  • Not to drink alcohol, talk on the phone, socialize or read while watching children.
  • To keep a phone near the water for emergency purposes.
  • Remain by the water until relieved by a new Water Watchdog.

Click here to fill out the official form to become a Water Watchdog and receive your  free Water Watchdog Tag.

What is Abbey’s Hope?

Six year-old Abbey Taylor’s hope was that no child should ever suffer like she did as the result of an improperly maintained pool. In her name, the Foundation will work tirelessly toward a world with safer pools by providing education and advocating for comprehensive safety standards for all pools.  

Check out Abbey Taylor’s story.

Looking at a swimming pool’s drain my not be something you frequently do.  Like me, most of us assume a pool is safe.  But unfortunately it is important to make sure a pool’s drain is safe before your kids enter.

And of course, it is important to follow these tips when your children are swimming.

  • Teach your children how to swim. We recommend having your child in swimming lessons by age 4. It is a life skill.
  • Teach children how to tread water, float, and get out of the pool.
  • For those who are not strong swimmers, coast guard-approved flotation devices should be required. Do not rely on “water wings” or other inflatable toys.
  • Be aware that teaching your children to swim with a life jacket on will give them a false sense of security.
  • Don’t rely on water wings or other inflatable toys. If your child can’t swim, stay within an arm’s reach.
  • Take a class in First Aid and CPR (for infants, children, and adults).
  • Teach children not to play with or around pool or hot tub drains and drain covers.
  • If you see a drain cover that is loose, broken or missing, do not enter the pool and notify the owner/operator.
  • Tie up long hair securely to protect from drain entanglement.
  • Never take your eyes off of children in the pool — even for a moment!
  • If you’re in a group, appoint a designated “water watcher,” taking turns with other adults.
  • While supervising, stay alert and avoid distractions like reading or the telephone.
  • Never dive in to water less than nine feet deep.
  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.
  • Look for lifesaving equipment by the pool.

Find out more about Abbey’s Hope via the website, Facebook, and Twitter.



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