As much fun as the water is, it can be equally as dangerous.
Drowning is a leading cause of unintentional deaths in the United States, but the good news is that itâ€™s preventable.
Dan Jones is the head of Norfolk Aquatics and Beaches. He says a big issue is that people donâ€™t take the right precautions because they believe theyâ€™re good swimmers.
â€œNo matter who you are, swim with a partner, swim with a buddy. Donâ€™t overestimate your swimming ability. Swim near a lifeguard, never swim at night,â€ says Jones.
He says itâ€™s up to parents to make sure they are keeping a watchful eye on children at all times and not distracted with cellphones or drinking.
The parent will say â€˜yeah my child swims every day,â€™ â€˜well can your child swim in water over their head?â€™ and they say â€˜no, they canâ€™t swim in water over their headâ€™ and we say, â€˜well your child canâ€™t swim, your child is wading in the water.â€™â€