Now that the warm weather is here, it is all about fun in the sun. Children are more likely to want to go to the beach, park lake, or swimming pool more often. Spending the day by the water is a great way to spend time with the family, but it can also be dangerous if you are not careful. Planning ahead for your child’s water safety takes priority in these situations.
Swim Lessons. Before the warm weather even gets to your area, it is smart to get your child in swimming lessons. Lessons are available for practically any child age and the earlier they start, the better. Even if you taught your child how to swim, swimming lessons can teach your child how to react if they find themselves or someone else in trouble while in the water. The swimming lessons will also give your child the proper education about life jackets.
Life Jacket. Life jackets and vests are flotation devices designed to be worn around the upper body while the person or child is in any type of water. Putting the right fitting life jacket on your child is the best chance they have in any type of emergency on the water. There is absolutely no excuse for a child to not be wearing a life jacket if out on a boat or in a large body of water.
Check the Weather. If you or your child is going to spend the day outdoors by the water, it is advised to check the weather reports before you leave home. If inclement weather moves into the area near the water, it can turn dangerous in a matter of minutes. Lighting is attracted to trees and water. It is best to teach your child to get out of the water when it starts to show inclement weather.
Water Conditions. This one’s for the older kids but when the sun is shining without a cloud in the sky, you are still going to want to teach your child how to read the water warning signs. Rip tides and under undercurrents can be dangerous, even deadly to anyone. Teaching them to ask a lifeguard about the water conditions before going into the water is a great habit to form.
Educate on Animals. While swimming in ponds, oceans, and lakes, most children do not remember they are in the home of other animals. In most cases marine life is harmless, but in some cases they are not. Teaching your child about what types of animals are in the waters they swim in is strongly urged. This will give them the chance to learn what the animal looks like, what to do if they see the animal, and what to do if they were attacked.
Supervision. And finally, one of the most important ways to ensure your child is safe around the water is by adult supervision. Always having a designated adult watch over your child while they play by the water is a great idea. Even when you teach your child all the safety procedures, they sometimes don’t pay attention and accidents happen. This is why having an adult around is a great idea. An adult can stop the child from participating in any dangerous activity and make them aware of what could of happened if they proceeded.