This summer has been a HOT one and there’s no better way to cool off than to go swimming. Swimming is a great summer activity, but it’s important to remember these tips to keep you and your family safe. Drowning is one of the most common preventable injuries. By following these guidelines, you can greatly decrease your risk of drowning.
Swimming Lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88%. Swimming lessons is important for anyone learning to swim, but especially little kids. Enrolling your child in swimming lessons is a great way to help them learn to be comfortable and safe around water. Some factors to consider when signing your child up is their age, ability, and amount of time spent near or around water.
Drowning is fast and silent. Drowning can happen in as little as 20-60 seconds. This is the time it takes to check your phone or put on some sunscreen. As a parent or guardian, it is your job to keep an eye on your child at all times. Another important thing to know is that drowning doesn’t look like the movies. There usually is not flailing arms and lots of splashes due to the victim’s lack of energy, air, and time which make drowning’s hard to notice if you are not watching closely.
On average, there are 10 drownings per day in the U.S. Drownings in the U.S. take on average 3500-4000 lives each year. One in five of people who die from drowning are children 14 years and younger.
23% of child drownings happen during a family gathering near a pool. Most child drownings occur in a pool, while most adult drownings occur in natural water like a river or lake. All pools, even if it is just a kiddie pool, should either be emptied when not being used or have a barrier around them to prevent a child from climbing or falling in. Whenever you are around water with children, it is incredibly important to be supervising them at all times.
These 5 water survival skills are vital to children. It’s important for your child to learn these things:
- How to return to the surface after jumping or stepping into water that is over their head.
- How to float and tread water for one minute.
- How to turn around in a full circle in the water and locate an exit.
- How to swim 25 yards to an exit.
- How to exit the water. If in a pool, the child should know how to exit the water without using a ladder.
Water activities can be such a fun part of summer. We hope that these tips help you keep any swimming you might do this summer fun and safe.