Water Safety for Kids: 5 Tips Every Parent Should Know
25th May 2023
Whether you’re a skilled swimmer, a wave-watcher, a seasoned beach bum, or you're just planning some quality time with your family near the water this summer – it's crucial to remember one thing: safety first.
As we dive into the summer season, it's important to recognize that it's also Water Safety Month this month!
With beaches and pools soon to be bustling with visitors seeking relief from the scorching heat, water accidents are unfortunately also going to become more common.
So for any parents preparing for a fun boating day at the lake, a dip in the ocean, or just a hang out at the neighborhood pool, we've created this list of our top five most important ways to keep your little rippers safe around the water this summer and beyond.
1. Supervision is key
Never leave a child unattended in the water, not even for a second. Even if your child knows how to swim, accidents can happen in the blink of an eye.
The beach has a lifeguard for a reason, and you have a job to do too - keeping a watchful eye on your little water-lovers.
It doesn't matter if they're playing games in the pool or braving the waves in their boardshorts, make sure they're always under responsible supervision.
Keep small children close and ready to reach you if they need help. Remember, a little common sense can spell the difference between a fun day at the beach and a total nightmare.
2. Invest in swimming lessons
Enroll your child in swimming lessons so they can master essential techniques and stay safe in the water whether they're just splashing in the shallow end or practicing surfing in the ocean.
With a little research, you can find local facilities or businesses that offer swimming classes to match the age and skill level of your child.
By taking swimming lessons, your child can learn important techniques such as:
- Treading water
- Breath holding
Start lessons early—ideally before age four—to build a strong foundation for their confidence and competence.
Investing in their aquatic education reaps lifelong benefits, empowering them to navigate the water like pros. After all, safety and skill go hand in hand!
(Plus if they enjoy it, later on they may just want to make water safety a career.)
3. Wear life vests
When it comes to water safety, never underestimate the importance of life jackets for children, regardless of their swimming skills.
While a life jacket doesn't grant invincibility, it serves as a reliable flotation device, keeping them buoyant during moments of unexpected fatigue or panic.
And if you have a pool at home, take proactive measures by placing a sturdy fence or barrier to prevent your children from accidentally falling into the water.
4. Educate your kids on water safety
When it comes to water safety, it's critical to ensure your child is equipped with the essential knowledge they need to dive in.
Start by ingraining the basics: no running around the pool area and definitely no reckless jumps into shallow waters.
But that's not all—empower them to recognize signs of fatigue and teach them how to call for help when necessary.
For older kids, you can go a step further and educate them on topics like the meanings of different beach lifeguard flags and understanding ocean conditions, or even enroll them in a Junior Lifeguard program.
Instilling these water safety fundamentals will give them the edge they need to navigate the beach or pool confidently and responsibly.
5. Avoid distractions
Keeping your child safe around water also means keeping yourself distraction-free.
Put your phone away and focus solely on your child. It is also important to avoid alcohol when you are supervising children around water, as this can affect your judgement or reaction time during an emergency.
Always remember to stay focused and sharp, because their safety depends on it!
Stay Safe this Summer
So there you have it—our top 5 tips on how to keep your kids safe around the water this summer!
By following these easy steps, you can ensure your family has a safe and fun season at the pool, beach or lake.
From teaching your child to swim at an early age, to always monitoring their time in the water—these tips will definitely help put your mind at ease no matter what's in store.
With these tips on hand, get out there and have the best summer ever with your family!