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