I will never forget the day. I was in the pool with my 3 children; my youngest was 2 years old at the time. I was helping one of the older children blow up a swim toy. As I put the toy in the water, I saw my 2-year-old inches from my feet, wide-eyed and panicked--at the bottom of the pool. Fortunately, my child was fine--but how quickly we could have had a different outcome!
Drowning is silent, happens fast, and frequently occurs with an adult nearby who's distracted. You have to be hyper-vigilant while your child is in or near a pool--and particularly so if the pool is in your own backyard.
Swimming is great fun, it's cool in the summer heat and good exercise. But keeping water safety in mind at all times is critical to avoid devastating accidents.