With the weather warming up and long, hot summer days fast approaching most kids are already counting down to spending time at the pool with family and friends. Diving, practicing their cannonballs, racing and seeing who can hold their breath for the longest.
Summer is all about getting wet and enjoying yourself, but what happens when the fun stops? A day at the pool or at the beach can seem perfectly harmless, but children and water can often be a dangerous mix, especially when their parents aren’t supervising them fully – they don’t know their own swimming limits, or they don’t appreciate how dangerous water can be. This isn’t to say that you can’t enjoy a day at the pool, you simply need to ensure that your kids stay safe around water, that way your family day out won’t be marred by tragedy. This content is full of helpful ideas.
Here we’ll look at how to keep your kids safe around the pool.
Teach your kids basic water safety
Basic water safety is essential for any child. And they’re never too young to start learning. Let them know the following:
- Running around the pool’s edge is dangerous.
- They should never enter the water without permission.
- They should only swim in water that is supervised.
- They should always swim with an adult present.
Get them swimming lessons
Swimming is a basic life skill that all children should have. Being able to swim and stay afloat in the water when they get into difficulty could mean the difference between life and death. As soon as your child is ready, you should introduce swimming lessons into their routine. You’ll be able to find a swimming school or instructor who can tailor your child’s lessons to their abilities and confidence and help them understand and respect the water. All whilst having fun of course!
You’re probably well aware of the importance of supervising your children around the pool. However, it’s incredibly easy to get distracted and that’s when accidents can happen. Young children, in particular, are at risk here, so if possible, ask another adult to help you supervise your children. Keep your younger children within arms reach and set clear rules for your older children to help keep them safe. Avoid drinking alcohol as this can impair your judgment or make you sleepy.
Ensure pool toys are put away
If you own your own pool or you’re swimming in a public pool, remember to keep the poolside clear of trip and slip hazards. If you’re in a public pool highlight any issues or dangers to the pool staff or lifeguards.
Keep your pool covered
If you have a pool at home, you’re visiting relatives with a pool or holidaying in accommodation with a pool then ensure that it is covered when not in use. Or that there is a secure fence around the pool to prevent curiosity leading to accidents.
Remember buoyancy aids
Buoyancy aids are a life-saving piece of equipment, so if your child is young or is a weak swimmer then a life jacket is ideal. Make sure it’s worn even if the child has gotten out of the water.
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