Staying Cool at the Lake or Pool….Swimming Safety for Your Kids

Staying Cool at the Lake or Pool….Swimming Safety for Your Kids

A day in the water can be nice and refreshing to stay cool, especially during the hot dog days of summer.  But, if you’re like me, you probably get nervous when you see that there is no lifeguard on duty at the lake or pool you’ve just arrived at. To alleviate some of this stress, we have some tips to keep your kids safe in the water.

*Coast-guard approved floatation devices are a good way to make sure your kids are safe and have something to keep them above the water if they need it.

*Kids can get a little reckless in the water, so give them all your attention and make sure they aren’t doing anything dangerous, like swimming too far into the deep end or dunking each other.

*If you have a backyard pool, make sure it is gated with a latch that children can’t get through, to ensure there is no swimming without your knowledge. If you use an inflatable or portable pool, make sure to empty the pool after use, and if you have an above ground pool, keep the ladder out of the pool when not using it.

*Telling your children that it is dangerous to play near the drain at the bottom of a pool because they can get stuck, or teaching them about undercurrents in lakes and rivers, will have a lasting impact on them, and will make them safer swimmers.

*Be sure your kids know to always swim with a buddy, and with adult or lifeguard supervision. Also, make sure they know to know their own limits, and not to pressure new or unskilled swimmers to go deeper than they are comfortable going.

Everyone wants to enjoy a good day in the sun and in the water, but make sure your kids are always safe and healthy when swimming. I hope these help you ensure an easy, refreshing day on the water!

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