posted on Mar 01, 2017
Six Water Safety Tips
It’s National Water Safety Month! We wanted to share with you some tips on how to keep your little fish safe while they’re having fun and splashing around in the water. Whether it’s at the pool or the beach, swim time gives you and your little fish an opportunity to have some fun while cooling off from the hot weather. Here are six tips to ensure that time in the water is enjoyable and safe for your little fish.
Never swim alone. Swimming instructors always say to “buddy up!” every time you swim. Whether you are swimming in a pool or in the ocean, it’s always important to have a partner. While swimming, it’s common to become tired and get muscle cramps which could make it more difficult to get out of the water. When people swim with others, they can help one another in case of an emergency.
Don’t dive in unfamiliar areas. It is important to be cautious about what areas in the water are safe to jump or dive into. If an area has a sign saying, “No Diving” or “No Swimming,” it is a warning that the depth of the water is too shallow for a head-first entry. Even if you plan on jumping in feet first, it is important to know the depth of the water while also checking for any hidden rocks or other hazards before jumping in. Be sure to only dive in areas that are known to be safe, like the deep end of a supervised pool.
Swim in areas supervised by lifeguards. To ensure the most amount of safety, it is best to swim only in places that are supervised by lifeguards. By taking your eyes off your child for just a few seconds, anything could happen within that short period of time. So, if an emergency does occur, lifeguards are trained in rescue techniques to save and protect your little fish when you cannot. Lifeguards are important to have at the poolside, but are especially important at the beach. As opposed to the pool, an open body of water like the ocean may have a change in the current that could make it more difficult to swim. Lifeguards are there to ensure that your little fish can have fun in a safe environment.
Don’t push or jump on others. One of the ways people get injured while swimming is when they are pushed in or jumped on. If someone is pushed in off guard or jumped on, they may not have enough time to hold their breath before they reach the surface for air. This could cause them to have difficulty breathing and may swallow water. Also, pushing someone into water can cause accidents if they are pushed in a hazardous area and if they land on a body part improperly causing an injury. Jumping on others not only can shorten their breath, but can also cause injuries. Make sure you wait for others to come to the surface before jumping into the water, and be sure to jump at a safe distance from them.
Take precaution when playing pool games. What could be more fun than playing games in the water? Playing games SAFELY in the water. Little fish especially love to play games, like throwing and catching a ball. When in a pool, one must be cautious of their surroundings to make sure that they do not risk hitting their heads on the edge of the pool. Also, not only taking precaution when playing pool games, but also playing all the right pool games. Playing dangerous pool games like “Chicken” can lead to unnecessary injuries, so be sure that your little fish is having fun in a safe environment. It’s fun to play games in the water, but it’s even more important to be safe while doing so.
Keep a first aid kit and rescue equipment at poolside. Although we want to avoid all types of injuries, accidents do happen. So, it’s important to always be prepared for those accidents. Having a first aid kit at hand can take care of smaller accidents right away. It also can keep your mind at ease knowing that you are prepared for an accident if the event were to occur.
Keeping these six tips in mind while swimming with your children can help prevent accidents and make the swim environment a fun, memorable and safe one. After all, the safety of your little fish is what matters most!