Summer has arrived! And the allure of swimming at the beach or in pools, lakes and rivers becomes irresistible. Swimming not only offers a refreshing way to beat the heat but also provides great exercise and endless fun. However, it’s essential to acknowledge the associated risks, especially when it comes to our little ones. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death in children aged 1 to 4, and it often happens quickly and silently. At Main Street Swim School, we prioritize water safety, and we’ve gathered some expert tips to help keep your child safe while enjoying the beautiful weather.
When it comes to our little water wonders, we’ve got one golden rule: attentive supervision is the coolest! So, remember, never leave those adorable babies alone in the water. They might have a tough time flipping over if they slip or end up face down. Sure, gadgets and flotation devices are awesome, but nothing beats your superhero-like, undivided attention for safety. The experts even recommend the superpower trio of “close, constant, and attentive supervision” for our young water adventurers. And hey, here’s a tip: for those little swimmers just starting their aquatic journeys, touch supervision is like the cherry on top of a safety sundae. Stay close, within arm’s reach, and be ready to rescue any struggling water explorer.
Oh, and don’t forget to keep an eagle eye on your child during any outdoor activity. Drowning can be sneaky, like a ninja splash! So, let’s put aside the card games, bookmark the page-turning novels, hang up those phone calls, and say no to Instagram or Facebook while keeping an eye on the little ones near water. Remember, unintentional drowning is totally preventable! Dive into drowning prevention programs like Stop Drowning Now and soak up some knowledge. We know it’s tempting to get distracted, but trust us, being a real-life superhero and saving a life is way more thrilling than any text message or phone call. Let’s keep the fun in the sun, while keeping our little swimmers safe and sound!
Learn to Swim
Calling all aspiring water acrobats and mermaids! Learning to swim isn’t just a splash-tastic activity, it’s like unlocking a secret superpower that’ll keep you safe near any body of water. Think of it like learning to ride a bike. Once you’ve got those swim skills under your belt, you’re set for a lifetime of watery adventures. It’s like having a magical passport that’ll take you wherever you want to go! So, dive into the local community programs and find the perfect swimming lessons for your little champ. Psst… have you heard about the Main Street Swim School? They even offer a super cool free trial class to make sure it’s the perfect fit for your amazing family. And remember, swimming skills are just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to keeping safe in the water. So keep rocking those safety strategies and let’s make every water adventure a splashin’ success!
Wear a Life Jacket on Open Water
Life jackets are the ultimate must-have gear when it comes to conquering the watery wonders, especially on epic open water escapades. Yep, even the strongest swimmers, no matter if they’re little water warriors or grown-up adventurers, can face challenges in lakes and rivers because of chilly temperatures. But fear not! By investing in a personal life jacket, you’re taking the superhero level of safety to the max for your awesome kiddo during all their boating and other fantastic outings. It’s like having a trusty sidekick right there, ready to keep them afloat and protected. So let’s gear up and sail away with the confidence that our water warriors are safe and sound, no matter what the open water brings.
Stay in Designated Areas
Let’s make sure we’re swimming in the coolest and safest spots out there. First up, avoid any water wonderlands that haven’t been given the official “swimming seal of approval.” We’re talking about those places where the lifeguards or local authorities haven’t given the thumbs up. Now, when you hit up a public beach, stay in the designated swimming zone. Look out for those awesome buoys and lifeguard stations – they’re like the guardians of good times! Plus, sticking close to these zones means speedy help is just a splash away in case you need it. Remember, unexpected surprises can sneak up on us, so let’s keep those eyes peeled and stay extra vigilant whenever we’re near any body of water.
Use the “Feet First” Rule
Let’s teach our awesome kiddos the super cool “feet first” technique for any watery escapades. By leading with their amazing feet, they’ll not only get a feel for the water’s depth, but they’ll also spot any sneaky hazards lurking below the surface. It’s like becoming a detective of the swimming realm! So, buckle up those lifejackets and swimming skills and make sure to highlight how crucial this rule is for a super-duper safe and totally rad swimming experience. We’re all about having a blast entering the water while staying accident-free.
Put up Proper Barriers
If you’re lucky enough to have a splish-splashin’ pool, let’s make sure it’s a safety sensation! Time to bring out the fun-fortifying gear. Put on your superhero cape and install a super-strong, lockable pool cover. Don’t forget to secure those patio doors with extra measures, like a trusty broomstick to keep them in place. And for the ultimate pool fortress, let’s raise the awesomeness with a four-sided fence that’s at least four feet tall surrounding the whole pool. This epic barrier will completely separate your pool from the rest of the world (well, at least your house and yard). Not only will these super-cool precautions keep sneaky intruders away, but they’ll also minimize the chances of any unsupervised accidental belly flops. Safety first, my friend, in the most exciting way possible!
At Main Street Swim School, we believe that water safety is paramount to ensure a fun and worry-free summer. By following these expert tips from, you can create a summer of fun that ensures that your child has a fantastic time while remaining safe and sound in and around water. Let’s dive into summer fun while keeping water safety front and center!
Experience the joy of swimming with Main Street Swim School! Enjoy a free trial at one of our convenient locations in Oceanside, Encinitas, Sorrento Valley, and Mission Valley, and ask about affordable pricing. Jump in today and make a splash! Visit us at mainstreetswimschool.com, or give us a call at 760.205.9066 for more details.
Splish, Splash and Safety: Dive into our Pool Safety Rules!
Written by London Blake, Site Director
Main Street Swim School