Water Safety 101

Summer is just around the corner and you know what that means: day trips to the beach, lazy afternoons by the pool, and adventures to local creeks, waterparks, and lakes. Besides setting the precedent for a summer of fun (and maybe some sunburn), what do all of these activities have in common? Water—and lots of it. No matter where you are, it’s important to know the proper protocols and precautions to avoid water incidents. Follow these water safety tips for a worry-free summer in the water!

For Parents and Caregivers

– Learn to swim and teach your children.

– Take a CPR class and learn how to perform CPR on both children and adults.

– Avoid distraction; always supervise your children whenever around bodies of water and stay within arm’s reach.

– Never leave a child unattended.

– Always have a telephone nearby for emergencies.

– Speak with friends, family, and neighbors about safety protocols to make sure everyone is on the same page in the case of an incident.

For Children

– Never swim alone; or, as the American Red Cross says, swim as a pair near a lifeguard’s chair!

– Only swim in areas designated with lifeguard supervision.

– Stay away from pool drains, pipes, and other abnormal features to avoid getting stuck.

– Listen to your body; if you’re tired, cold, or feeling ill, you should stay out of the water.

– Wear a life jacket if you are not a strong swimmer.

– Be cautious when playing games and don’t play too rough.

The best way to ensure water safety, however, is to learn from an expert. Enroll your child (or yourself!) in swim lessons to receive personalized guidance, increase confidence, and eliminate fears in the water.

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