Summer is finally here and the pools have been open for about a month now. We are just as excited as anyone else to have our fun pool days but we all need to remember to keep water safety as our number 1 priority. Luckily my children have been learning many life saving tactics during our weekly Goldfish lessons. At 5 my son knows how to tread water and switch to a back float when he's tired, and my 3 year old knows to crawl her hands along the edge of a pool if she has fallen in.
These skills could make the difference between life and death in certain scenarios but, pools in the summer can be very crowded. In a recent interview, Lisa Armitage and some other water safety experts reminded us that it can take as little as 10 seconds for a child to slip underwater. With all the other children, one child could get lost in the scuffle for a moment too long and even lifeguards may not be able to notice in time. Check out the video and safety information here .
Although this is a scary topic, it's important to use this information to come up with a plan to keep everyone safe at the pool or water park.
- "Always be your child's first lifeguard."
- Make sure your child is always swimming with a buddy, no matter what the age.
- Designate a rotation of "watchers" so either you or another parent can always be keeping an eye on who or what is going on underneath the surface.
- Set boundaries, rules, and meeting times / locations.
Diaper Bag Diaries wishes you all a safe and happy summer!