5 Swimming Safety Rules for Kids
What’s better than cooling off in the water on a warm day? While you’re struggling to come up with an answer, we want to tell you what makes swimming so great. Not only does it have numerous health benefits, but it’s so much fun! Some of the best memories kids have are formed while playing in the water with friends and family.
While pools and lakes are undoubtedly the perfect setting for a memorable afternoon, they can also be quite dangerous if safety rules aren’t closely followed. Here are some of the most important rules you should impart in your children before they step foot in water.
1) Wear a Life Jacket: If your children are new to the water or lack strong swimming skills, they should wear “floaties” or a life jacket. This is especially important if they are playing in crowded waters where they can elude you or a lifeguard’s vision.
2) Stay Shallow: Young children should stay out of the deep end at all times. Even if they are strong swimmers, if their feet can’t reach the floor while standing, it could be dangerous. Keep your children in shallow waters where they’re easy to spot and protect in case of an emergency.
3) Walk Slowly: Be careful both inside and outside the pool area. Never run in the designated pool area, as the pavement could be slippery and result in injury. For this reason, you also should avoid engaging in horseplay near the pool. Exercise extreme care and caution at all times.
4) Don’t Eat or Chew Gum While Swimming: Even in a pool where you don’t have to deal with crashing waves, the waters can be somewhat unpredictable. You could get bumped or unexpectedly splashed, causing you to choke on whatever is in your mouth. Not to mention the fact that eating and chewing in the pool is unsanitary.
5) Swim with a Buddy: Ever hear of the buddy system? The point of the system is that in a crowded pool, lake or even ocean, there’s somebody looking out for you. Swimming is very safe almost every time, but just in case something goes wrong, it’s important to have somebody out there watching your back and making sure you’re safe.