Summer is right around the corner, and the climbing temperatures mean for long days in the pool. Swimming safety is important for all of us, but especially so if you have children. Enrolling kiddies over the age of one in swimming lessons has shown that they have a lower risk of drowning. But this does not mean they are water safe, and even older kids and adults should be reminded of basic pool rules.
So, let’s brush off those winter cobwebs and grab a crash course on swimming safety.
The most important of all swimming rules: No swimming alone. If you are using public swimming areas, make sure that there are lifeguards on duty. Kids must be always supervised, and parents should be always within reach of younger children. Even experienced swimmers and older children should be monitored as accidents can happen.
Wear Safety Devices
In your pool at home, make sure children use the floatation devices that they need. Water wings, kickboards or other floaties are all great to have, but must still be used under supervision. If you are doing water activities and in open water, lifejackets should always be worn.
No Breath Holding Games
While being able to hold your breath is important to learn to swim, it is not a game. Holding your breath for extended periods is dangerous and can lead to hyperventilation or passing out.
When you are swimming, rules can help keep your family safe, but accidents still happen. Knowing CPR is a good idea in case of an emergency.
Don’t Swim Sick
Swimming safety also covers not swimming if you are unwell. Especially with tummy bugs, they can spread in the water and make other swimmers sick. If you would like more information on swimming safety or have questions about your pool give Pool Spa a shout today on 011 793 1381 and speak to one of our friendly and professional staff.