SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS
6 Months to One year
Ensure that the baby is in your arms at all times and is wearing a diaper. Children should be taken to the pool only when they are ready. It will be better if an aquatic professional is around for supervision.
Toddlers are more confident and require adequate supervision. Avoid inflatable pool toys and water wings as they might provide the children and parents with a wrong sense of security. Never leave toys in the pool as this might tempt the children to reach for them
Patience is key when dealing with kids of this age group. You should be within a distance that the children can reach. Never ask a child to do anything before he/she is ready. Practice getting the child’s face wet to tackle any fear of water.
Make sure that the children only dive in an area where the water is deep and have an adult around for supervision. During activities like water skiing or boating, it is crucial to ensure that children are wearing life jackets.
3 FACTORS THAT MAKE SWIMMING A SAFE EXPERIENCE
Let’s take a look at the three factors that are essential at making swimming a very safe experience.
Safer Water: Identify where risks lie on different bodies of water and how to reduce risk.
Safer Kids: There should be parental supervision at all times to keep kids safe. It is also important that the children achieve their swimming skills through conditional instruction.
Safer Response: For a safer response, it is important that the person supervising is knowledgeable about CPR and first aid. A phone by the poolside can be of great help to facilitate a safer response.
IS YOUR HOME POOL SAFE FOR CHILDREN?
To make home pools safer, make sure that you have a fence installed around that is at least 4 feet tall. Never let the children play near the drains as it could be dangerous. When not in use, keep them covered as well. Installing alarms around the pool can be of great help in initiating a safer response.
- If your eyes become red, rinse with a sterile eye wash.
- Apply sunscreen to prevent sunburn.
- Hot tubs can overheat. So, do not let children use it for too long.
- Be prepared for emergencies and learning CPR is a must.
DOUBLE-CHECK AND ENSURE THE SAFETY
Always make sure that you have the right gear while entering the pool. Also, let the children know it’s “the feet first” while going into a pool. To devote your complete attention, put away your mobile phones.
Adhering to these tips can be of great help in making swimming a physical activity that is fun and safe for your kids.