I'd like to add here, that there are drown proofing classes
. Your child is a little old for them, but I'd talk to a teacher anyway. It is that, for back up, you'd panic a little less if the child did go overboard
, or falls into a swimming pool or river. Belts and suspenders.
Some friends of ours determined that if they took their kids
sailing, the adults, too, would wear life jackets. Lots of extra things you can do to make life easier on the kids.