How To Stay Safe In The Water: Swimming Safety Tips and Lessons for Kids and Families Who Swim
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Are You Planning a Trip to the Beach? Going Swimming with the Kids in the Pool?
Here are some excellent Safety Tips for Keeping Your Family Safe While Swimming.
Whether you are going on Vacation to a Tropical Island, visiting your Local Beach, or spending the day in the Yard with a Pool, creating a Safety Net for your family and Keeping an Eye Out will greatly decrease the possibility of a swimming accident.
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What To Expect From This Article:
This article will discuss the following tips:
- How to find a Safe Spot to swim while at the Beach or on Vacation.
- How to Prepare a Beach Bag with All the Essentials for a Safe Day at the Beach!
- How to Talk to your Kids about Swimming Safety.
- How to Respond to a Water Emergency.
- Proper Supervision of Kids Around Water
- How to Choose the Right Life Jacket
- Learning CPR
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Swimming Safety 101
The following tips should be used to make sure you are safe when swimming:
- Swim in Areas Designated for Swimming
- Do Not Swim in Areas that have Warnings that tell you not to swim. The warnings are there for a reason!
- Try to find a Spot near a Certified Lifeguard
- Never Swim Alone!
- Use the "Buddy System". Have a Buddy close enough to be able to talk to and see easily at all times.
- Learn to Swim! Take lessons and learn proper swimming techniques.
- Never enter the water if you are afraid or don't feel safe!
- Talk to your Children about these swimming rules and make sure they follow them.
- Have your children always ask for permission to swim; do not allow them to swim at will or without your knowledge.
- If your child will be swimming at someone else's house, talk to the parents to make sure they will be there the whole time supervising.
- Avoid drinking excessive alcohol when swimming.
- If you or your child does not know how to swim, have them wear a Life Jacket or Life Preserver. Make sure it has been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.
- Know your child's ability, skill and stamina level. Swimming can make you tired very quickly as well as short of breath, especially in waters with waves and under-currents (undertow)
- Never dive into water that is less than 8' deep
- Know your environment. Know about water hazards in lakes, rivers and shorelines.
- Pay attention to the weather. Don't swim if the water temperature is too cold. Avoid swimming when thunder and lightning storms are possible.
- Wear Sunscreen! Water acts as a magnifier to the sun's harmful rays. Be sure to get a high UVA/UVB Protection that is Waterproof (At least SPF 35 or higher)
- Always wear a Life Jacket when Boating!
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How To Choose the Right Life Jacket
- Choose the Correct Life Jacket and Know When To Wear It!
Young children and weak swimmers should wear life jackets whenever they are in, on or around the water, even at a pool or a waterpark. Put it on at the dock, deck or shore and don’t take it off until you are on dry land.
How To Prevent Kids From Accessing The Water Unsupervised
The first thing you want to do is sit down and have a talk with your children. When children think of Swimming Pools, Beaches and Hot Tubs, they think of FUN, not safety.
As parents, we need to create a healthy sense of fear and respect for the water.
Explain to them the dangers of swimming without proper supervision, swimming in unsafe waters that have under currents or undertow, strong currents, dangerous hazards such as rocks and coral, diving in shallow water or consuming alcohol while swimming.
Here are some additional tips:
- Install Barriers, Fences with Child-Proof Gate Latches, Solid Pool and Spa (Hot Tub) Covers. Do not allow easy access to the water. This is the first and most important step in avoiding swimming accidents and drowning.
- Make sure that the whole area is fenced in with no gapes or holes. Fences should be no less than 4' (48")
- For Above Ground Pools, lock or remove Ladders to avoid small children from climbing them.
- Be aware of things that kids can move near the pool to climb in or over the fence: Lawn Furniture, Nearby Trees, Children's Toys, etc. Take a Good Look at your Environment!
- When your swimming session is done for the day, remove all floats, toys, goggles, or anything that could attract a child to retrieve.
- Always check and maintain pool chemicals and make sure you can easily see the bottom of the pool. If you can't see the bottom, Do Not Go In The Pool!
- Always Supervise your children, 100% of the time. If you need to take a break to answer the phone or use the bathroom, make sure everyone is out of the pool and remains out until the supervising person returns.
- Make sure your child's "Swimming Buddy" stays within Arm's Reach at all times.
- When Diving and Jumping is allowed, make sure kids wait until the jumping area is clear before they jump in.
- Don't Be Distracted!
- Pay attention to your kids when they are swimming. Often times swimming areas can get crowded and noisy. Take your attention away for less than a minute and you might be the parent who is frantically searching and calling out your child's name! 100% Contact, 100% of the time!
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What Should You Do In Case of an Emergency?
Although no one wants to talk about it, emergencies can occur in the water. People can get sick, have a heart attack or other emergency. Unsupervised children can go "missing" and a bunch of other irregular situations can arise.
By planning ahead and knowing what to do in case of an emergency, the likelihood of disaster is severely reduced. Always do your research before swimming in unknown territory, follow posted safety rules, pay attention and Be Prepared!
Here are some Tips On How To React In An Emergency:
- If a person or child is missing, check the water thoroughly; they may be swimming underwater or in the worst case scenario, if they are unconscious, you will see them and be able to remove them fast.
- Have Access to a (fully charged) Cell Phone or other Communications Device so that you can call 911 or other Emergency Contacts
- If you are at a Home Swimming Pool, make sure you have a Long Pole or something where you can reach out to a struggling victim.
- Contact and Inform the Life Guard of your situation.
- Don't Panic! I know it is hard when someone is missing or in danger, but if you panic it will only make the situation worse!
- Perform Proper CPR if Needed; Take a Course to get Certified before going on the water! Many classes take just a few hours to complete and are either free or inexpensive.
- Be Pro-Active! Plan before you go to avoid any Accidents or Incidents!
Using these tips can be very helpful and could possible avoid a dangerous disater. Always use your head and Pay Attention when swimming! If you are prepared you will enjoy your time on the water without worry or fear. Educate yourself and go have fun in the sun!