Swimming is the best summer activity and you have probably already discovered that your children turn into little fish the moment school leaves the holidays. While they only notice the fun of a dip in the pool, you know that your safety is the first priority. While your kids are putting on their goggles and swimsuits, follow these tips to make sure everyone stays safe in the water this season.
Have safety equipment available
Life jackets are a must when your kids go swimming. However, many parents overlook other essential safety equipment that should be near all bodies of water. In a new pool, make sure that reaching and throwing equipment is easily accessible along with a well-stocked first aid kit. Supervising adults should also have a cell phone nearby to communicate with emergency services if the need arises.
Look at the weather
Unfortunately, summer storms are common in many parts of the country, so keeping an eye on the forecast is important. Teach your children to get out of the pool immediately at the first sign of lightning. Your children should also understand that they should never swim in natural bodies of water during a storm, as water levels can quickly rise to dangerous levels.
Protect delicate skin
Kids love summer, but a nasty sunburn can spoil their fun for several weeks. Unfortunately, they will likely forget to reapply sunscreen periodically during their swim sessions without a reminder. Set a timer if necessary and follow the sunscreen instructions regarding how often to apply after exposure to water. For added protection, try to minimize swimming sessions during the hottest part of the day and shower after swimming to remove chlorine from the skin, as it can cause a rash in sensitive individuals.
Practice swimming at summer camp
When it comes to swimming, professional lessons are essential for your child’s safety. At summer camp, children have the opportunity to swim every day and sometimes even twice a day. They also have the ability to swim in a heated indoor pool or natural lake, making them comfortable in different types of swimming conditions. Since the camp’s first responders and coaches are trained in CPR and first aid and are always there to supervise children, this is one of the safest ways to learn to swim.
Follow posted safety signs
Whenever your child visits a new swimming facility, take a few minutes to help him familiarize himself with the safety rules. For example, no-dive warning signs should be taken seriously because the water may be too shallow for head diving. At water parks, children should follow posted guidelines regarding age and size limitations before playing on slides and other water attractions.
Swimming offers many benefits for children, including the opportunity to be physically active while socializing with friends. However, with all the excitement, children can sometimes lose sight of safety while splashing and playing in the water. By making sure to review safety rules with your children and maintain their skills through supervised swimming opportunities, you can be sure that your children are safe while enjoying their favorite summer activity.