With summer quickly approaching, families everywhere are gearing up for vacations on the beach, weekend trips to the lake, and days spent in the pool.
And why not? Swimming is the perfect way to cool off and beat the summer heat!
But with that summer fun comes a new set of dangers, especially if your child does not yet know how to swim.
Making sure that everyone stays safe is easy with a little planning and a set of rules. Fortunately, these water safety tips for kids can help you ensure a safer summer for even your littlest of swimmers!
1. Use the buddy system
Set this rule early and make sure you enforce it. Even confident swimmers can get into trouble so make sure that everyone knows, no one swims alone.
If your children are swimming, make sure that there is always at least one adults watching them and they remain distraction free. It only takes a second for something to go wrong.
2. Create pool rules
Talk about water safety with your children and have them help you create a set of rules for the pool. Decorate a fun poster to write them on and display them next to your swimming area or wherever you keep your swimsuits. They’ll be much more likely to follow rules that they help set themselves.
3. Keep your pool area clutter free
Water makes things slippery all on its own, don’t add the danger of tripping over pool toys, towels, or pool equipment and falling into the water on top of that.
Keep the area surrounding the water free of clutter and you’ll reduce the risk of an accident.
4. Teach your child to swim
As early as you can, teach your child to swim. If you live in an area with pool access or own your own pool and know that you’ll be spending a lot of time in the water, enroll your child in swimming lessons as soon as possible.
Teaching them to swim will not only give them confidence in the water, but will ensure that should they find themselves in trouble, they will have at least a little knowledge of floating that could help them.
5. Use the right tools
Water wings, inflatable rafts, and pool noodles are not appropriate flotation devices for children, especially if they do not know how to swim.
Make sure that you have their gear on before they ever get anywhere near the water so that you’re not trying to wrangle a squirmy child into a flotation device right next to the water’s edge.
One of our favorite tools for ensuring water safety is our Puddle Jumper from Stearns (which you can find at StearnsFlotation.com). Unlike the inflatable rings and life jackets we’ve tried in the past, the Puddle Jumper fits snugly around our little guy’s body and buckles around the back.
The portion that covers his arms ensures that he can still splash around and enjoy the water while keeping him safe.
They come in a fantastic range of colors and designs, are Coast Guard approved and provide the safety protection those little beginning swimmers need while still allowing them to enjoy their water day.
What other water safety tips would you add to the list? I’d love to know!
To learn more about Stearns Puddle Jumpers or to get one of your own, visit StearnsFlotation.com. It really is a simple way to make sure that your little ones stay safe this summer.