5 Keys to SAFER SWIMMING

There’s nothing more important than keeping your kids SAFE.

 

Here are the 5 Keys you, as a parent, should know which can keep your child SAFER around the water. Ultimately there is no way to guarantee your child's 100% absolute safety, but these 5 Keys will go a LONG WAY.

 

NUMBER 1 – Help your child become a STRONG SWIMMER!

It’s a no-brainer that strong swimmers are less likely to drown or get injured in the water.  There are studies that show up to an 88% reduced risk of drowning. So, your number 1 job is to GO SWIMMING TOGETHER as much as you can so that your child has the chance to turn into a STRONG SWIMMER. There are specific skills your child absolutely needs to learn if you want to reduce their risk of drowning and be safer around the water. 

If you want to know what those skills are click here: 5 SKILLS FOR A STRONG SWIMMER.

 

NUMBER 2 – BEFORE your child masters these life-save skills, PUT THEM IN A LIFEJACKET! 

For kids who haven’t learned to swim on their own yet, they need help to stay safe in the water. So that means either you’re holding on to them the entire time, or you need to put them in a LIFEJACKET. I personally think LIFEJACKETS are a superior choice because it opens your child to explore the pool and start figuring out how to move AND allows you to PLAY with your kid and engage with them, which is hard to do when you’re holding on the ENTIRE TIME.

 

There has been a push in the last few years by survival swim lesson companies like ISR to link kids wearing LIFEJACKETS to drowning.

 

This is not only NOT TRUE, but extremely irresponsible. LIFEJACKETS SAVE LIVES, PERIOD. If your child isn’t a strong swimmer yet, put them in a LIFEJACKET. 

 

If you want to know which LIFE VEST SWIMABLE RECOMMENDS click here: LIFEVEST or NAH?

 

NUMBER 3 – Don’t let your child out of your sight!

I’ve seen studies that show anywhere from 70-90% of all kids who drown were supposed to being watched at the time. Personally, I think it’s more like 100% because what kid under 5 years old shouldn’t be supervised the entire time? That said, only around 30% of the kids under 4 years old who drown are actually supposed to swimming at the time… that means around 70% of those kids who drown were supposed to be doing other things AWAY from the water and they weren’t even supposed to be swimming! Which brings me to my next point…

 

NUMBER 4 – If you’ve got water nearby, like pool at your house or the neighbor’s house, you need to put up a fence!

Kids between the ages of 1 and 4 are MOST LIKELY to drown in a pool at home or at a friends or relatives house. BUT if your child happens to slip out of your attention for a moment, they CAN’T end up in the pool if they can’t get access to it.  Your best bet is fence that surrounds all sides of the pool and has a gate that opens OUT not towards the pool, but away from it.

 

I’ve seen estimates that show anywhere from 50 to 90% of drownings can be prevented by a properly designed and operated pool fence. 


NUMBER 5 – LEARN CPR!

If an accident does happen, you need to know what to do to respond immediately. Our EMS are fantastic, but when seconds count, they are minutes away! And those precious minutes can be the difference between life, death or permanent brain damage. And I don’t meant to scare you, but it’s the reality. It’s my job to make you aware of it so that your family stays as safe as possible.

 

These 5 things are just the beginning. There is a whole lot more.

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