Children’s pool safety starts with responsible adult supervision and planning for emergencies (see Part 1 & 2). Once you’ve taken care of these, you should concentrate on preparing the child for swimming safely. The first step in this process is examining the child’s aquatic attire.
Make Sure Kids are Dressed Appropriately for the Water
A life jacket or vest that has been certified as a flotation device by the US Coast Guard should be worn by a child if they are incapable of swimming or are not good swimmers. You can let your child choose a life jacket in a color or with a pattern that they really appreciate. Giving children a say in the life vest they wear could encourage them to wear it when they’re in the water. They need to be aware that they must wear the life jacket at all times when they are in the water, unless you specifically give them permission to remove it when you are nearby or when they are receiving swimming lessons. Which takes us to the crucial point that follows.
Encourage Swimming Lessons for All Children
Learning to swim is one of the best methods to keep kids from drowning. Enrolling kids in swimming lessons is a terrific option because swimming teachers are educated to know tactics that are good for teaching kids lifesaving abilities in the water. You can enroll them in sessions at your neighborhood municipal pool or locate a qualified instructor who offers individual lessons.
The starting age for these swimming lessons is six months old. In most infant and toddler sessions, parents hold their children while they are in the water to assist them in becoming used to being in the water. Many kids are prepared to start swimming classes independently by the time they are four years old. You can get assistance from an experienced instructor in determining when your child is ready for swim training.
Children should continue taking swimming lessons until they have basic abilities like floating, treading water, and knowing how to exit the water in case they ever fall into a pool unintentionally. The longer kids stay in their swimming classes and the more experienced they grow, the better.
However, you should never let a child’s improved swimming skills make you neglect your adult pool supervision responsibilities. In fact, a child who believes he is a powerful swimmer may take unwarranted risks or overexert himself in the water. Because of this, even children who are adept swimmers require adult supervision at all times when they are in the water.
It’s time to concentrate on kid safety training after discussing adult supervision, learning CPR, requiring children to wear life jackets, and teaching them to swim. In our next post, we’ll look at some pool safety regulations you may educate kids regarding in order to keep them safe around or in the water.
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