Drownings and close calls are eight times more likely to happen to kids who can’t swim or to kids being supervised by adults who can’t swim. It’s why swimming lessons are a crucial water safety step. In fact, swimming’s the only sport that can save a life, and lessons are available to kids and adults of all ages. To know what’s right for your child, do what I did and ask your pediatrician. Then ask your swim instructor to include other, age-appropriate water safety skills. For lessons, try your local Y, American Red Cross chapter or community pool. But remember, even good swimmers can drown, so make sure there’s always supervision.