Swimming Safety Tips

Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. However, it is important to know how to be safe while you are in the water. The Apopka Fire Department have important safety tips to be aware of before you head out to the pool or beach.

Water Safety Tips

  1. Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  2. Always swim with a buddy. Never swim alone. 
  3. Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child's life to another child. (Teach children to ask for permission to go near water.)
  4. Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  5. Maintain constant supervision.
  6. Make sure everyone in your family learns to swim. (Enroll in age appropriate swim lessons.)
  7. If you have a pool, secure it with an appropriate barrier. Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes.
  8. Avoid distractions when supervising.
  9. If a child is missing, check the water first.
  10. Have a cell phone, life jackets, and first aid kit on hand. 

Florida State Laws

Learn about the Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act (Chapter 515, Florida Statutes) that requires pool safety measures for pools built after October 1, 2000. 

2022 Free Water Safety Class: Safety In & Around the Water

Registration is now closed for our May 2022 Class. 

Check back for our free water safety class.

This free four-week class is presented to you by the Apopka Fire Department & Apopka Police Department, Camp Wewa, & Live for Brie Foundation. 

This instructional course combines hands on training and educational lessons designed to teach parents and children the necessary safety procedures when in and around water. Apopka Fire Department, Apopka Police Department, Camp Wewa, and Live for Brie Foundation have teamed up to provide this unique opportunity to the residents of Apopka.

Classes will be held in groups; all participants must fall into the age range of 3 to 8 years old.

Please note that Parent/Guardian supervision is required for the entire duration of class. Participants must attend ALL four classes within the program session. This class is highly important so please only sign up if you know you are able to fully participate, thank you.