This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received products to facilitate my review.
With Summer approaching many families are excited to start heading to the pool to enjoy the sun’s rays but there is one danger that constantly lurks in the water, swimming safety. Does everyone in your family know how to swim?
SwimWays started National Learn to Swim Day in 2012 which is dedicated to educating parents and children about water safety and the importance and benefits of learning to swim. With this year’s Nation Learn to Swim Day on May 21, 2016, now is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of teaching your children to swim. In Arizona alone, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death to children under five so learning this invaluable life skill is essential for fun as well as for safety.
Learn How to Swim
Though the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests formal swimming instruction for most children 4 years old and above, many children are ready for lessons as young as 6 months old. Since every child is different though, be sure to only enroll your children in swimming lessons when you feel they are ready.
If you feel they aren’t ready, teaching them simple things like how to tread water, float, and to stay by the edging of the pool are a great start. If your child isn’t ready for these tasks then I would consider using a floatation device.
Use Proper Flotation Devices
With floatation devices starting at 9 months old and above, SwimWays offers floats in 3 phases for each age range to grow comfortable with the water before braving it alone. Phase 1 supports babies as they are introduced to the water helping them stay comfortable and happy. Phase 2 provides support while children lean to balance and paddle. Phase 3 is a graduated flotation system that advances swimming ability at the child’s own pace.
Since the SwimWays Baby Spring Float is the single best float on the market today; it was the perfect product to introduce Baby M to the water for the first time this season. We tried the Monkey Baby Spring Float Animal Friends and though he was nervous at first, Baby M fell in love with the float and didn’t want to get out of the water.
Never Swim Alone
This is one tip that many people, even adults, are guilty of. As tempting as it may be to little ones to swim alone in the pool, it needs to be stressed that they should not do it. Accidents happen to even the strongest of swimmers so children should always know that it is only okay to swim with an adult present. A great way to prevent a child from entering the pool alone is to make sure the pool has a 4 foot or taller fence with self-closing, self-latching gates and a high lever that can’t be opened by a child.
Since drowning can happen in as little as 2 inches of water, active supervision is a must. The CDC reports that most accidental drownings of children aged 1 to 4 occur in residential pools so put down the phone and be vigilant in your supervision. Never turn away or allow yourself to become distracted, not even for a second.
No Rough Playing in the Water
As fun as it is to rough play in the water, this can lead to major injuries and increase the risk of drowning immensely. You never know someone else’s limits so hanging on them, dunking them, or cannon balling on someone in the water could have serious consequences.
Check the Pool Drains
Drain entanglement or entrapment is a big safety issue. If the pool is missing a drain cover or even if the cover is loose or broken, do not swim in the pool. If you have your own pool, taking safety measures like anti-entrapement drain covers or installing pumps that will release suction when shut down, is a great step in the right direction.
CPR and First Aid
This is one of the most important tips for swimming safely. It is a important that the supervising adult can not only swim themselves but are also capable of performing CPR or first aid to your child if needed. This will not only give you more trust in letting someone take your child to the pool but also give you peace of mind in knowing that if something were to happen to your child that they would be in capable hands until the paramedics arrive. Also, its never too young to teach your own child how to perform CPR as it is a valuable skill they could use throughout their life.
For additional water safety and swim training tips, visit TeachMeToSwim.com, a resource created by SwimWays just for parents and caregivers teaching children to swim.
We had the exact same float for our son and I loved it! It was the best little floaty thing we could buy! Now my son is an avid swimmer! It is one the most important things to do for a child!
My kids would have loved this float when they were little. Now that they are grown, I will pass this on to them for when they have kids.
love this awareness, it’s so important to teach children about water safety… Those are great rules to follow that help save lives, thanks for posting this… I’m going to tweet this!
Travel Blogger says
We thought about trying this exact product for my 6 month old this summer! I’m going to have to check it out.
Annemarie LeBlanc says
I will share this with my daughter. My grandson is about 5 months old and loves the water! I know they are planning on going someplace this summer, so I would suggest that they get an age appropriate flotation devices for the baby. (And of course, sunscreen)
These are certainly some great tips. I will never let my girls swim without an adult close by. I’m going to have them take swim lessons soon too. I’d love for them to learn how to swim.
Terri Beavers says
It’s so important to practice safe safety tips when anyone is going to be around the water. You’ve pointed out some really good tips and information and I’ll be sure to use this as a guide as we start our summer on the water. I’ve loaded up on sunscreen and now I’ve got to make sure the grandkids all have safety floats even though they’ve all been taught to swim.
Ann Bacciaglia says
We have a pool and water safty is so important. We have rules that are clearly posted beside the pool. Now that the kids are teenagers and want to have their friends over to swim we make sure an adult is home just in case.
My twin granddaughters can’t wait for the pool season. They are excited to take their first swimming lessons. These are great tips!
Rebecca Swenor says
Nation Learn to Swim Day is so important and I am glad they started this for parents with little ones. The web site TeachMeToSwim.com is awesome and should be looked at by all parents. Thanks for sharing the awareness for all parents.
Christy Garrett says
These are super important tips. Don’t forget the sunscreen too. Burns are another huge problem.
Stephanie Pass says
This is so important. Water safety is so important for kids to learn. After nearly drowning as a child, I make all of my kids take swim lessons until they are strong swimmers. Then, they join the swim team.
Our son will be taking swimming lessons this summer. Thank you for the safety reminders and tips.
Claudia Krusch says
These are super important tips. We have a pool and we always share our rules with guests!
Maggie Branch says
Being safe around the water is the only way it can be a great experience! Thank you for sharing this piece as we head into the summer season.
Marielle Altenor says
So important to practice water safety! I want to get the SwimWays Baby Spring Float for my daughter! She’s never been in the pool.
Awesome tips! We are enrolling our kids in swim school this summer!
Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly says
“Since the SwimWays Baby Spring Float is the single best float on the market today’ <-That is quite an assertion! I don't have children but if I did I would have to consider them for sure! 🙂
Las Vegas pool service Company says
Great tips! for who anxious about the water safety of their kids. thanks for sharing