Summer and water go hand in hand, especially for kids! Whether you're taking your family to the pool, lake, ocean or even your backyard, water safety is key to protecting your kids this summer.
Tip 1: Make sure your child’s life jacket is on correctly. Simply have your child make the "touchdown" signal by raising both arms straight up; if the life jacket hits a child's chin or ears, it may be too big or the straps may be too loose.
Tip 2: Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool. Kids should be aware of uneven surfaces, currents, undertow and changes in color and visibility. An aware child is a safe child!
Tip 3: Infants and young kids are at a higher risk for hypothermia, so if you are bringing a baby on a boat, just take a few extra precautions to keep your baby warm. If your children seem cold or are shivering, wrap them tightly in a dry blanket or towel.
Tip 4: Explain some basic boat rules and have everyone follow them. Children need to understand and follow rules, such as keeping their hands and feet inside the boat at all times and not running on a boat. This is a perfect opportunity to have the older children lead by example.
Tip 5: All kids are different! It’s a great idea to enroll children in swimming lessons and monitor their progress. This not only teaches them not to be afraid of the water, but also how to relax and rest. Learning how to float and tread water are key swimming tips all kids should know and understand.