Children’s Swimming Pool safety
In this article, we will cover safety for children around swimming pools and large water masses.
As an instructor, most people assume that I could swim from since my baby days. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Growing up in a sprawling stretch of savannah plain between two mountains, I hardly accessed any swimming pool and didn’t know any close to my home. Of course there were pools of convenience; ponds of water in still, silt-less sections of a river close-by, engineered by the local boy-population that had learnt the thrill of a sneaky Saturday-afternoon swim. As you’d imagine, I was never part of this innocent indulgence since I feared the water, and my mum more.
Evil would not run freely in her house, and she, my mother, had a knack to sniff out any misdoings of the day and promptly punish the offender, often just before dinner. I have never swum in a river courtesy of my maternal parent, and in retrospect I understand the angst and tension I caused my parents fearing I would drown.
While our children may not have to swim in rivers, it is important they learn how to take care of themselves and others while out swimming. As a parent, these tips will ensure that your child is safe and you are in peace of mind.
- Swimwear and swimming aids- Ensure your child’s swimwear is comfortable for them, including swimming caps and goggles.
- Understand your child’s swimming ability. Take them for lessons or terrain them yourself if possible. Never assume that your child can swim because they are taught at school. Ensure you know their skill level.
- Ensure your child’s height is good for water. From six months until when they are tall enough to enter the shallow end of an adult pool, children should swim in the baby pool. Even there ensure that you keep an eye on them.
- In any swimming pool, ensure that you can see the lifeguard in case you need help. If you are not swimming with your child, you are their lifeguard. Make sure you actively monitor their progress and offer instruction instead of sitting away.
- Have a grasp of basic first aid skills that may come in handy in any unforeseen accidents.
It is vital to understand the confidence level of your child in a pool. Don’t force them into challenges they are not up to but encourage them to improve their skill. As a parent, the best you can do is be a supportive friend to your child in all their interests. Learn to swim for them if you have to.
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