Thanks to indoor water parks, swimming season can actually last year-round. And if your kids are anything like mine, you are probably getting requests to go swimming! Swimming pools, regardless of whether they’re indoor, outside or have a giant waterslide attached to them, can be a lot of fun, but they can also be a source of nervousness for a parent, especially because of potential for accidents.
Safety should always be top of mind at the pool! Here are a few tips to help ensure you and your kids have safe and happy pool time.
When we talk pool safety, we aren’t always just talking about water safety. Especially during the summer, always apply sunscreen with a high SPF (30 or more) before heading to the pool, even on cloudy days.
Also, make sure to reapply often during the day if you plan on being outside for more than an hour or two. The last thing you want your kids to have is a nasty sunburn because their sunscreen protection wore off.
Practice Water Preparedness
Although as a parent you’ll probably never be able to go to the pool without a little trepidation, having kids who have been properly trained to swim certainly helps ease some of the anxiety. Enroll your kids in swim lessons throughout the year so they can learn and maintain their swimming skills. Having a child who is prepared to enter the water and who has basic swimming skills is one of the best ways to ensure safety at the pool.
As a parent, it’s often considered a right of passage to finally have kids old enough to swim in a pool by themselves so you can catch up on your favorite books or magazines, poolside. As tempting as that may be, it only takes a very short time for a child to engulf enough water to drown them. Make watching your kids while they are in or near water your first priority. You want to be fully aware of what’s happening so you can be ready in case something goes awry.
No one wants to think about the worst-case scenario, but the truth is, accidents happen. Get trained in CPR so that if an accident happens you can know how to react as calmly and quickly as possible. A few minutes can save a life when it comes to water.
Teach Your Kids
The pool is a fun place, but it’s also important for kids to know how to be safe at the pool. Go over the pool rules and regulations with your child, and make sure they understand how important it is to obey them. If lifeguards aren’t on duty, ensure your child knows it is never safe to swim alone, and they always need to have a trusted adult with them. Arm them with the proper information they need in case of an emergency (who to call, what to do, etc).
Swimming should be a fun experience, no matter what time of year. Keeping these tips in mind will help ensure that your family’s swims are safe!