Summer Pool Tips from Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy
Posted: Jun 14th, 2016
Splash! Summer has finally arrived and with it comes pool parties! Children of all ages love to jump into a cool pool on a hot day and play with friends. From infants and toddlers who love to splash and kick, to preschoolers and kindergarteners who are learning how to swim – the pool can be a fun way to beat the heat for everybody.
Unfortunately, pool time is also risky with young children involved, so how do you help create a safer environment when you invite the neighborhood over for a pool party? By implementing a few, simple common-sense practices into your pool party you can significantly decrease the likelihood of drowning and injuries.
1. Supervision – The NUMBER ONE rule for pool safety is supervision. Always have an able-bodied adult within arm’s reach of young swimmers. An even more thorough practice is to assign one adult for shifts of 15-20 minutes to be only focused on the children in the pool. The National Drowning Prevention Alliance calls these individuals “Water Watchers.” This means they are not talking with other adults, on their cell phone, eating or distracted in any way. All of their focus is on the children in and around the water. Again, being in arms reach is critical for young swimmers.
2. Clear Boundaries – Homeowners with a pool are often concerned about little ones falling in but there is an easy remedy to this concern – fencing. Install fencing around the perimeter of your pool that reaches up to 5 feet high to prevent children from entering without an adult. The fence should have an automatic locking mechanism and you can even install an alarm to trip if it is opened with nobody around. In addition to having visible boundaries, always be sure to have verbal and written boundaries before allowing children near your pool. Make sure adults are also aware of the rules.
One of the first rules needs to be: Never, ever swim alone! Explain to children that “alone” refers to “without an adult” and clarify who an adult is. “Is your big brother an adult? – No! Is your uncle Pete an adult? – Yes!” If you have children who are able to comprehend this rule and repeat it back to you, make a habit of having them repeat the pool rules back to you – beginning and ending with a resounding, “Never EVER swim alone!” This will help solidify the rule in their minds as they enjoy the pool.
3. Swim Lessons – Children can learn swimming safety even at a young age. While you don’t need to be aiming for your preschooler to be the next Olympic swimmer, simple skills such as learning how to float and kick to the pool wall while on his/her back can be life-saving techniques. Enrolling your child in swim lessons is an excellent measure to take in protecting him/her around pools or large bodies of water.
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