Swim Safety Tips You Need to Know This Summer
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Let’s face it, school is coming to an end and fellow parents, we need to draw up a list of Summer activities for our rowdy kiddos. Spoiler alert, no Summer “to-do” list is complete without a few trips to the pool. As you grab your sunscreen, super cute beach bag and fun printed towels, there is one major thing you can’t pack that you simply can’t go to the pool without--water safety tips. Is your family ready for the pool? Like….really ready?
Water Safety is such an important topic to cover with the whole family. In the Holmes’ household, the minute that last school bell rings, water activities are fair game. Thanks to Goldfish Swim School, we are more confident in our kids swimming abilities for all of the amazing pool parties we’re throwing and going to. We started lessons a year ago to ensure our children were comfortable in the water and understood the importance of learning how to swim. Goldfish Swim School has small class sizes so each child gets tons of one-on-one time with the instructor to feel things out. Fast forward to today, and both of our kids are great swimmers who enjoy the water. Don’t just take my word for it; The American Red Cross has a few suggestions for you to help keep you and your children safe at the pool this Summer. Take a look at this list I pulled from their website:
Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.
Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone. See my final suggestion to help with this below!
Maintain constant supervision.
Make sure everyone in your family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and learn-to-swim courses.
If you have a pool, secure it with appropriate barriers. Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time.
Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
Protect your skin. Limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and wear sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15.
Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them. Dehydration could make you drowsy and disoriented…not a good thing near all that water loves…
Enroll in First Aid/ CPR classes to be up-to-date on the latest survival strategies in the event of an emergency while waiting for 9-1-1
Lastly, my suggestion: Sign up for Goldfish Swim School. Take some of the anxiety of accidental drowning out of your Summer with consistent classes focused on teaching water safety techniques to your little ones. We have been taking the kids for a year now and LOVE how confident our kids have become in the water. All thanks to Goldfish!
Have a safe Summer in the water!