Pool season is here: Can your child pass these 3 life-saving tests?

The official start of summer is less than a month away, and many families are planning to hit the pool this weekend. How do you know your child is ready to swim?

As part of Drowning Prevention Month, swim coaches are sharing some ways to make sure your family stays safe in the water.

Coaches at the Goldfish Swim School in Cary, an indoor teaching pool for kids, say there are three things you should practice with your kids.

The first is making sure they know how to find the nearest wall if they need to rest or hold on. The second is a life-saving skill — knowing how to float on their backs. It’s useful when they get tired and need to take a breath.

The third move is crawling out of the pool by themselves.

“We call it fin fin belly flipper — using your arms and your belly and your legs,” said Danelle Alex, owner. “Families can even practice this at home if they have a chair or couch, having kids climb out with their arms, belly and legs.”

Kids can start learning how to swim when they’re as young as six months, and swim coaches say it’s not just the kids — parents should also know how to swim well.

If they don‘t, it may be a good idea to get lessons for the family.

Other tips from coaches? Before your kids jump in the pool, make sure you have someone watching them at all times without distractions.

Also, use certified life jackets as life saving devices — noodles and other floats won’t really help. Experts at Goldfish Swim School say practice is key.

“The more exposure you have getting kids to water, the better it is,” said Alex. “We have open swim here, or you can check a YMCA or local pool. Getting kids in the water to make sure they‘re comfortable is the most important thing.”