Drowning Risks, 5 to 14 Years Old

  • Inability to swim
  • Poor swimming skills, or over-estimation of swimming ability
  • Failure to wear lifejackets during boating outings
  • Beach conditions, such as rip currents
  • Misjudgment of water depth or sudden drop-offs
  • Underlying medical condition, such as seizure disorder
  • Desire to participate in water activities with peers to avoid social exclusion
  • Unaware of hazards or conditions of natural water settings
  • Likely to be less supervised and engage in risky behavior around water