Just a quick note today that you may want to check out the post I did yesterday on my Home with the Kids site on putting kids in swimming lessons.
I’ll repost our family’s basic pool rules here:
Rule #1: Children are not allowed in the pool without an adult. Not even a toe or fingertip.
Rule #2: Children will obey the adults supervising them in the pool.
Rule #3: There will always be at least one adult whose sole job is to watch the kids in the pool. One adult per child is better, with each adult assigned to a particular child.
Rule #4: Children will obey their swimming instructors during swimming class.
Rule #5: No running near the pool.
My kids know that if they break a pool rule, they will not be allowed to go swimming the rest of that day and likely not the next time everyone else goes swimming.