Educating children about how to stay safe in and around water is essential. However, it is also important to find the right balance, teaching them about the dangers without scaring them or making them nervous.
The expert team at www.zoggs.com
have put together the following tips to help you keep your family safe around the pool this summer:
A child who is a strong and confident swimmer in the local pool can still be unnerved by the idea of swimming in the sea. Teach your child about both pool and sea swimming to prepare them for the different experiences they will have and how to keep safe in certain situations. Educating children about respecting the potential dangers around water in general, whether at the beach or simply playing near a pond in someone's garden, should happen from an early age so it becomes second nature.
2. Stay Focused
No matter how well your child can swim, never leave them unattended. There have been many accidents where a child swims out of their depth, becomes tired and then panic. Instead, engage with your children when they are in the water. When playing games, involve yourself by watching, joining in or keeping score. By doing so, you can not only keep a close eye on them, but you can also offer guidance and advice where necessary, enabling them to grow in confidence and ability as well as to learn to become responsible for their own safety while swimming.
One of the most important aspects of swim safety is confidence in the water. This means far more than having the skill to swim a length. Your child needs to be aware of their own ability, what limitations they have and how they might improve. They need to have a good understanding of what to do if things go wrong and how they can help themselves.
Teaching them a variety of strokes will help them to be more independent and reduce the chances of their panicking if things do not go exactly according to plan. Teach your child to slow down their breathing when they begin to tire, taking more time to breathe in and out calmly. Make sure your child takes plenty of breaks and remains hydrated.
4. Buoyancy Aids
Buoyancy aids are not, and should never be used as, rescue devices. Zoggs floats, noodles and float suits can, however, provide a brilliant way to increase your child’s confidence and independence when learning to swim. You can supervise without having to hold on to them at all times, so their strength and skill will increase as they gain a greater understanding about what they have to do to keep themselves afloat.
5. Sun Safety
When at the beach or playing in or around an outdoor pool, always remember to keep your child well protected from the sun's harmful rays with hats, sun cream and protective swimwear. The effects of the sun are multiplied by the reflection of water, so the risk of heat stroke or sunburn will be increased. Use waterproof sunscreen and reapply every two hours.