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Summer is a fun time of year. The kids are out of school, families are taking vacations, pool parties are in full swing, and the weather is perfect for a visit to the beach. With all of these great activities comes an increased risk for a drowning accident. One way to help minimize these risks is to follow our S.W.I.M tips for summer water safety.
Summer is a fun time of year. The kids are out of school, families are taking vacations, pool parties are in full swing, and the weather is perfect for a visit to the beach. With all of these great activities comes an increased risk for a drowning accident. One way to help minimize these risks is to follow these S.W.I.M tips for summer water safety.
• Share with your children the risks - One of the easiest things you can do this summer is share with your children the risks of swimming alone; there should ALWAYS be an adult present. It is important to emphasize that they ALWAYS need to ask permission before going into the pool. Swimming with a buddy, can and should be an adult.
• Water Watcher Tags - Water Watcher Tags are an easy and simple tool that you can use to make sure there is always a set of eyes on the pool. A Water Watcher is a person, designated to watch the pool for a short set of time. This is ALL they do, watch the pool and the children in it. They do not talk to others. They do not go get a drink. They do not talk nor text on their cell. All they do is keep the pool area safe, by watching vigilantly. The Water Watcher, is symbolized by wearing a “Water Watcher Tag.” You can easily make or obtain a tag through Water Safety Organizations: (Safekids, Swimming Safari Swim School (local), Poolsafely (gov), and StopDrowning. it is the responsibility of the Water Watcher to ensure everyone in the pool is staying safe. After a person has performed their water watcher duty for 10-15 minutes they pass the tag on to the next adult who now assumes the water watcher responsibility.
• Install and use layers of protection around your pool - Pool safety isn’t as simple as buying one device that will keep your family safe all summer long, such as a fence. The key is to have numerous ways to make sure everyone stays safe. Install double fences – one around the yard and one around the pool. Install pool & door alarms.Install upper & lower locks on the doors. Other ideas include have the child where a bracelet or a devise that will signal you especially if you live in a neighborhood with a pool or you have one in your own backyard. if they, and most important swimming lessons.
• Monitor for new potential hazards - Summer presents a new and constantly changing set of water safety hazards. It is really important that parents remain cautious and address any new hazards that may arise. One of the biggest potential hazards is temporary above ground pools. Another is flooded retention ponds or storm run-off that are a result of heavy rain. Finally, when you go on vacation it is important to identify all of the potential hazards are present around your hotel.
S.W.I.M – SWIM LESSONS ARE ESSENTIAL!
When will my child be Water Safe?
Our goal for our children is always for them to be successful, whether it be gaining the benefits of infant swimming or gaining skills to be on a swim team, but every parent wants their child to be safer in the water. “When will my child be safe in the water?,” is not an easy question to answer because nobody is ever “water safe,” not even the best of the best, Michael Phelps. Accidents CAN happen. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under the age of 5 in the US and Florida leads the nation. Layers of protection can help and this includes SWIM LESSONS! In a recent study, the National Institute on Health found that formal swimming lessons reduces the risk of drowning up to 88%. It has also been shown that children who started lessons at an early age are more developmentally advanced as they grow.than children who did not learn to swim early on.(Austrailian Study).
Where can my child take Swim lessons? You can visit Jax4Kids.com's Swimming Classes page. Be sure to read online reviews. Another sure way is to ask around. Ask other Moms where they have taken their children. A good recommendation from a friend is always a good source. One place that has been recommended is Swimming Safari Swim School. This Swim School offers year-round, indoor lessons with a beautiful indoor, 90-degree, salt water pool. You don’t have to wait until the water & air warms up around Jacksonville. Nor do you have to watch out for thunder and lightning… Swimming Safari has lightning protection as well as showers, a changing area, a play area and comfortable seating for parents.
Swimming Safari Swim School recommends for children under age two, for the parent to be in the water with them because after all, the parents are the most important to the babies.