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Swimming Safety Tips to Help You Keep Your Family Safe

Follow these swimming safety tips and enjoy a safer holiday

Every summer brings with it the joy of swimming. Unfortunately, it also brings with it heartache for many.

600 Children drown each year. By following just a few swimming safety tips you can protect your children and make sure they do not add to those terrible statistics.

Educate Your Children about Swimming Safety

Awareness is the first step to swimming safely. Teaching your children to respect bodies of water, whether they are baths, pools, dams or the open ocean is one of the smartest things you ca do.

Be sure to teach your children these swimming safety tips:

  • Teach your child how to tread water and float on their back.
  • Educate your children about the dangers of running around swimming pools.
  • When it comes to larger bodies of water make sure your children are aware of river and ocean currents, undertow, rip currents and changing weather patterns.
  • Educate your children about the dangers of pool drains and suction outlets.

Get Swimming Lessons

Teaching your children to swim is vital to keeping them safe around water. Sometimes even being aware of the dangers  of water is not enough and so your children must be able to swim even if they are not particularly fond of swimming.

  • From the age of 6 months, you can start to introduce your children to swimming. Make sure you do so in summer when the water has warmed up a bit and use waterproof nappies.
  • You can use swimming aids like water wings, body boards etc. to help teach your children to use their arms and legs to swim. Swimming lessons with a qualified instructor are also a really good idea.
  • Regular swimming practice can help make your child a strong swimmer.

The Importance of Supervision

Just because you have taught your children about the dangers of water as well as how to swim does not now mean they are safe. Supervising your children while they swim is still a good idea. Accidents happen really fast and it only takes a few minutes to drown.

Make sure you watch small children especially closely. It is very easy to get distracted, so try not to do anything else. Don’t rely on other people to watch your children as they may forget or be distracted themselves.

When watching older children keep an eye out for dangerous play. Pushing each other in the pool may seem fun but it can quickly turn dangerous and is not a safe swimming practice.

It is also a good idea to take a CPR course and have emergency service numbers close at hand.

 

Swimming Pool Safety Checks

Making sure your swimming pool is a fun place for your family to spend leisure time means making it a safe place.

  • All swimming pools should have a surrounding fence or wall with child-proof gates.
  • Pool nets or covers are also a must to help make your pool safe.
  • Pool alarms are a good idea too as they can alert you should someone fall in your pool.
  • Make sure all drain covers are secure and not cracked.
  • Remove your kreepy or other cleaning devices before swimming.
  • It’s also a good idea to turn off pool pumps as they can turn drains into small whirlpools.

 

Swimming is a lot of fun for the whole family. Keeping it that way takes a little bit of thought and common sense but it is definitely worth the effort.

Happy swimming!

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