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5 Ways You Can Promote Safer Swimming

The sun is out and we are feeling that Texas heat.  Many families are heading to their neighborhood pools, water parks, and other water related activities.  Water safety should be every parent’s top priority.

  1. Know where children are at all times

If you have two non-swimmers in the pool with you, have the child that you are not working with hold onto your back.  This way you can give your attention to the child you are working with without worrying about the other child’s safety.

  1. Keep your cool

If your child’s head goes underwater or if he slips off the step and is unable to swim, do not react dramatically! This only teaches your child to panic.  Calmly guide him back to the steps or wall.  You should always remain nearby, but let this be an opportunity for him to learn about his body’s natural ability to float.

  1. Teach children some choices to help themselves if they fall in the water unexpectedly
  • Turn and grab a wall
  • Swim back to the steps
  • Roll over and float

When they jump in to you, resist the temptation to catch them in the air.  This creates a false sense of security and over-confidence.  Instead, allow them to be submerged so they learn how to react appropriately.

  1. Designate a Water Watcher

Any time children are in or around water, a responsible adult should be designated as an official Water Watcher, ensuring the safety of the children.  We provide families with Water Watcher Tags to be worn by an adult who is on duty and responsible for the kiddos.  Designate a Water Watcher in your home! This takes away the assumption that someone is watching

  1. Don’t rely on floatation devices. Teach your children how to swim!

The ability to swim with proper technique provides a lifetime of benefits.  Floaties promote improper technique by allowing children to paddle with their heads above the water, destroying any sense of balance and understanding of the water.  Make sure you child learns to swim.  You will have peace of mind knowing your investment will pay off in your child’s water safety and fitness.  And they will have fun and enjoy learning this special and critical life skill.

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