Safe Summer Swimming

Have Safety Equipment Available

Life jackets are a must when your kids go swimming. However, many parents overlook other essential pieces of safety equipment that should be near every body of water. At a new swimming pool, make sure reaching and throwing equipment is easily accessible along with a well-stocked first-aid kit. Supervising adults should also have a cell phone nearby to contact emergency services if a need arises.

Watch the Weather

Summer storms are unfortunately common in many parts of the country, so it is important to keep an eye on the forecast. Teach your kids to exit the pool immediately at the first sign of lightning. Your kids should also understand to never go swimming in natural bodies of water during a storm since water levels can quickly rise to dangerous levels.

Protect Delicate Skin

Kids love summer but a nasty sunburn can ruin their fun for several weeks. Unfortunately, they will likely forget to reapply sunscreen periodically during their swimming sessions without a reminder. Set a timer if necessary and follow the instructions on the sunscreen regarding how often to apply it after exposure to water. For extra protection, try to minimize swimming sessions during the hottest part of the day, and shower after swimming to remove chlorine from skin since it can cause a rash on sensitive individuals.

Practice Swimming at Summer Camp

When it comes to swimming, professionally taught lessons are essential for your child’s safety. At summer camp, kids get the opportunity to swim every day and sometimes even twice a day. They also have the ability to swim in either a heated indoor pool or a natural lake so they are comfortable in different types of swimming conditions. Since lifeguards and coaches at camp are trained in CPR and First-Aid and are always there to supervise the kids, this is one of the safest ways to learn to swim.