Swim Safety Tips for Parents and Kids

The most important lesson we aim to teach both parents and kids is how to be comfortable and safe in the water. When families put water safety first, they leave plenty of room to relax and have fun while swimming.

Water Safety Tips for Parents

Make sure everyone in your family can swim.

Swim lessons are the greatest gift you can share with your children. You’ll equip them with a skill they’ll use for life, and they’ll have a blast being active in the water. No matter how old your kids are, now is the perfect time to sign them up for classes. Babies as young as 3 to 6 months old can learn basic swim safety skills, and older kids can build stronger techniques and strokes.

Always supervise kids in the water.

Never leave children unattended while swimming, even for just a minute. Stay alert and attentive, within arm’s reach of young kids. Teach older kids to look out for their younger siblings and friends. Keep a flotation device, a first aid kit and a charged cell phone nearby.

Learn CPR.

Be prepared for the worst-case scenario. Take a CPR certification course so you can help infants, children and other adults in case of an emergency.

Safeguard your swimming pool.

If you have a pool at home, secure it with the necessary barriers to keep kids safe. Make the house rules for swimming very clear, and explain why they’re important.

Water Safety Tips for Kids

Help make the rules.

Children who are learning to swim will quickly begin to understand water safety. Ask them to help you make a list of swim safety rules – such as “walk, don’t run, around the pool” and “only swim when a grown up is there.”

Have fun without taking scary risks.

Kids love to play and test their limits as they build swimming skills. This is a great way to learn and grow, but it’s important to discuss the difference between safe play and dangerous play. Be clear about what’s OK (for example, games of Marco Polo, practicing diving in the deep end) and what’s not (jumping on each other in the water, diving in the shallow end).

Know how to call for help.

Talk to kids about what they should do in case of emergency. Make sure they know how to get help from an adult or dial 911 on a cell phone.

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