Summer is upon us, and that likely means a lot of swimming! Letting the kids run wild in the pool or at the beach is a great way for them to burn off some energy. Swimming is an activity that the entire family can enjoy together.
Having said that, swimming also has the potential to turn into a disaster for a child. Just last year, Olympian Bode Miller and his wife tragically lost their toddler, Emmy, when she wandered into a pool at a friend's party. The Millers are now currently teaching their eight-month-old daughter how to float on her back, with the help of a swimming instructor. They hope that this will help her avoid a similar fate to her sister, should she ever be found in a similar situation.
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Did you know that for the FIRST. TIME. EVER. Florida had ZERO drownings for the months of February and March?! Talk about a “WHOA” moment for my family, friends and so many others who have lost their babies to this epidemic. The urgency behind this conversation has started and I am so proud of the steps we are all taking to create this necessary change. #EmmyandLevi you two continue to move mountains and are missed beyond measure.
With that being said, let's take a look at some swimming safety tips that every parent should know. After all, they just might save a child's life.
Make sure your kids are supervised.
It might go without saying, but the best thing that you can do to prevent your kids from encountering danger is to make sure they're supervised. Watching out for them allows you to leap into the action at the first sign of trouble, and they'll feel safe and protected. According to Kids Health, children can drown in less than 2 inches of water. No matter how great of a swimmer you think your child is, they can always encounter trouble when you least expect it.
Consider swimming lessons.
Swimming lessons may seem like an added expense, but they're really an invaluable resource when it comes to ensuring the safety of your children. While you might think that you're in a good position to teach your little one how to get from one end of the pool to the other, qualified swimming instructors can provide them with tips and techniques to better equip them in the water.
Make sure your kids know the risks.
It's not a nice conversation to have, but it's needed. Making sure your kids are aware of the dangers associated with open bodies of water can be key. Let them know that diving head first into a pool isn't always a good idea, nor is running around the sides. Messing around by the pool can lead to injuries which might render a person unconscious. From that point, it's easy to fall into the water and drown. Help them to understand that you're not just being a killjoy, but trying to keep them safe.
Have a plan in place.
As a parent, it's your job to be sure that if things do go wrong, you know what to do. Knowing basic CPR can be the difference between life and death, especially when you're forced to wait for emergency services to arrive. Be aware of what to look out for, and how you can help children when they need it most.