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Prepare, practice, preach water safety this summer

 
It’s officially summer! Maybe you’ve already dipped your toes in the water and picked out your little one’s togs and jandals for this season too. Whatever tradition you have in your family this summer make sure to add practicing Water Safety to that list, because at the end of the day, it could save someone’s life.
It’s officially summer! Maybe you’ve already dipped your toes in the water and picked out your little one’s togs and jandals for this season too.

Whatever tradition you have in your family this summer make sure to add practicing Water Safety to that list, because at the end of the day, it could save someone’s life.
 

5 Water safety tips for you & your family

 
We’ve done the hard yards for you and we’ve spoken to YMCA Swim School Instructor Karla to find out 5 easy tips that can make an enormous difference in your family’s safety and genuine approach with water this summer.

We encourage parents to really make sure they are supervising their children around water and being conscious of safety hazards too.
 
Below are some pointers to encourage some thought around what 'active supervision' entails.
 

1. Make sure your kids know who's in charge


Always teach your children that they are only allowed in water when they have an adult with them and they have been told they can get in.

Don’t let your young ones decide, it’s with Mum or Dad's permission.

If you are at the beach or the pool, you give them the ok to get into the water and then stay with them until they hop out.
 

2. Supervise your kids at all times


Always stay with your child when they are around any water.

Young ones are curious and want to explore and accidents can happen in a heartbeat, so be active and constant in your supervision.

This means be careful of distractions like phone calls and even talking. Keep your eyes and mind on the job.

If necessary take turns with another adult, but make sure everyone is aware of whose responsibility it is at any given time.
 

3. Never leave your kids unattended


Never leave your child unattended in the bath. They must have an adult with them, not an older brother or sister.

The adult must be watching them, don’t even leave the room for a second.

Also never leave the plug down where they can reach it and make sure they know they are not allowed to fill baths or paddling pools themselves. That’s a job for Mum or Dad.
 

4. Remove all drowning hazards


Be aware of any containers around your home or property that may collect or hold water as these can be drowning hazards.

It only takes as little as 5cm and as short as 60 seconds for a child to drown.

These potential drowning hazards can be anything from a dog bowl to a fish pond.

Make sure these things are either emptied, out of reach or inaccessible.

This summer be sure to be really vigilant with emptying the paddling pool every time it’s in use.
 

5. Learn to swim

Become water confident yourself. You will not be able to rescue your child if you don’t have adequate confidence and basic swimming skills.

So, take lessons and learn how to swim. Most Swim Schools have great Adult Beginner Programmes.

The ability to perform CPR is also paramount and could be the difference between life and death, so maybe consider upskilling with a basic course.

Some Swim Schools offer this as part of their programmes too.

For helpful tips and lessons get in touch with your local swim school to boost your confidence and your child’s confidence with the water.

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