Prevent Drowning: Learn to Swim!

Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for children in our county. Children can drown quickly and silently, in a matter of seconds. Drowning is preventable. The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is learn to swim. This includes adults and children. Swim lessons are offered at many different facilities including city pools, the YMCA, and private institutions.

If you end up in the deep end, do you know what to do?

We recognize the importance of knowing how to swim, and we partner with people who know just what to do to get you there: The Chula Vista Parks & Recreation Division!  If you’re a Chula Vista resident, there are swim classes available for all levels at a very reasonable cost – and sometimes classes are free! Recreation Swim Classes »

The South Bay Family YMCA also has classes – and they’re just across the street from Fire Station 4!  So if you sign up for a class, please stop by the station and say hello!  YMCA Classes »

And the best part…swimming is FUN!

Water Safety Tips

  • Never leave a child unsupervised around water.  Assign an adult “Water Watcher” to maintain constant supervision.
  • Floaties and water wings are NOT approved floatation devices.  All weak and non-swimmers should wear a United States Coast Guard approved lifejacket.
  • Isolate your pool from the home and play area.  Install proper fencing around the pool.

Always keep the pool area safe and secure!

Have life-saving equipment such as ring buoys or reaching poles available for use, and know how to use them. 

Never leave furniture near the fence that would enable a child to climb over the fence. 

Keep toys away from the pool when it’s not in use.

Toys can attract young children to the water. 

Remove pool covers before swimming.