This article is written by Jenny Silverstone. All content provided is for informational purposes only. Always adapt and apply suggestions based on your child’s needs.
Summer is a great time to relax and enjoy fun activities as a family. Chances are, swimming is high on your list of things to do.
It makes sense! In the summer heat, nothing beats splashing around in the water. It is fun; it cools you down, and never seems to get old.
However, things can turn dark and murky rather quickly. Without a proper understanding of how to stay safe, accidents and drowning can occur, especially in younger children.
The best way to keep your kids safe in the water is by diligently watching them, but you will not always be around. By empowering children with information, you can work together to have a great and safe time.
Five swimming safety tips every child should be taught
- Children should be introduced to water play early. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children as young as six months can start playing in water under close supervision. Official swim lessons should start around the age of four.
- Use the buddy system anytime your child plans to go in the water. They should always have a friend, sibling, or parent with them. A buddy can notice if something is wrong and alert others for help.
- Make sure to teach your children about what they can do in the water if something goes wrong. This can include how to swim out of a riptide, what to do if their legs get tired, and situations they should never swim in.
- Pool drains suck water into the pool’s filtration and heating systems and then circulates it back out again. If children with long hair, loose clothing, or jewelry get too close to a drain that is not properly covered, they can be sucked down and caught. Teach children to stay away from pool drains when swimming.
- Many adults do not know what drowning looks like, so it makes sense that children do not either. When someone is drowning, they are very still and quiet. By helping your child understand what it looks like when someone is in trouble, they can help call attention to problems and even have a better idea of what signs to watch out for in themselves.
Everyone should feel safe in the pool or at the beach. Use these five tips to help you and your children feel more confident this summer as you enjoy your various swimming activities.
About the Author
This post was written by Jenny Silverstone, the primary author of Mom Loves Best, a research-driven parenting blog which aims to educate new parents on important topics such as outdoors safety, and healthy childhood development.