Parents enroll their children in swimming classes in order for the child to learn the basics when it comes to water safety. Children are taught basic swimming movements and water safety during swimming lessons in Toronto. However, it’s also recommended that parents provide constant tips so their child remembers how to stay safe in the water. Below are a few swimming safety tips to share with your child.
Every swimming pool has rules and regulations that are the same no matter where you go. One such rule is no running. Always remind your child never to run when going to the pool, for fun or lessons. Children can easily slip and fall, hitting their head and getting hurt or worse, falling into the water unexpectedly. Always remind your child to walk when in or around water.
When enjoying the water, kids want to have fun. Remind your child that while they can have fun with their friends in the water, they should avoid any horseplay (pushing into or underwater, wrestling in the water etc). Your child or their friends can easily become hurt and a dangerous situation can ensue when in the water. Remind kids not to horseplay so that everyone remains safe.
It is also important to remind your child to avoid exhaustion. If they become tired, it is best to stay in the shallow end of the pool where they can touch. If the child becomes too tired, they can be in danger in the deep end and have difficulty making it to the side. Remind your child to take a break and avoid the deep water if they feel they are too tired to swim.
Talk to Small Children
If you have small children who have taken part in swimming lessons, they will be safer in the water. However, you must still remind the child that they must not swim without an adult present. Remind your child of the dangers of the water and that they are not allowed to go swimming unless you or another adult are on-site to watch while they swim. Let them know your rules so they will know how to act when swimming during lessons or for fun.
Safety Tip for Parents
While the tips above are great for parents to share with their children, it is also important that parents heed advice as well. Parents should be trained in CPR and First Aid so if an accident were to occur, they would be able to provide assistance. Accidents occur all the time in and around the swimming pool. Being prepared means you can help your child or someone else’s if an accident takes place.
At Zodiac Swim School, we want your child to be prepared with proper water safety and swimming techniques. We offer a variety of classes for kids of all ages. Sign your child up today so they can learn how to become the best swimmer they can be.