*This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.*
Warmer weather is arriving, and that means it is about time to break out the swim suits! For us here in Florida, swimming is almost a year round occurrence. I grew up in the water, and was even a competitive swimmer for many years. Now that I am a mother, swim safety is a top priority. My parents have a pool that we frequent, so it is important that my kids are safe when we are over there. It doesn’t take much, but there are a few swim safety guidelines that parents can follow to help ensure that they have a safe and fun summer in the water.
As I mentioned, I grew up around water, and my kids are growing up around water. This means I need to take extra precautions and be mindful at all times. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, so it is best to be aware and prepared, because really anything can happen. These are all things that I do with my kids, and I think would be beneficial to your family as well.
- Never take your eyes off of kids who are swimming. As I said before, things can go south in a moment, so children need to be supervised appropriately.
- Leave the distractions alone. I know we love to take lots of pictures and stay connected on social media, but one of the best swim safety tips I have is to leave the phone alone and be vigilant.
- Always enforce the rules. No running, no roughhousing, stay away from drains, and no diving in the shallow end. These are not taken lightly, and failure to follow them does result in my kids getting out of the pool.
- The buddy system. When my kids are swimming, we try to have one of the older kids assigned to help watch one of the younger ones. While this doesn’t take the place of adult supervision, it is an extra layer of swim safety.
- Learn CPR. This is invaluable and can come in handy in a large number of situations. CPR is a great skill to have just in case you ever have to use it.
- Sign your kid up for swim lessons. Search for reputable classes in your area and sign up. This is a great way to help kids learn to swim as well as potential life saving skills.
- Use age and skill appropriate safety devices. Water wings and life jackets are necessary for young and new swimmers.
Start Them Young
Here in Florida, we like to start kids in the water pretty young. This will be my son’s first summer, and we have already had him in the pool. I have been using the SwimWays Baby Spring Float Sun Canopy and it has really been great. The float is wonderful for introducing babies to the water for the first time. It is rated from ages 9-24 months of age, and is the first step in a three step Swim Training from SwimWays. My little man had a blast splashing around with his older sister. The seat was comfortable for him and extremely stable, so no fear of it flipping over! What I really love is that the canopy is UPF 50, which is perfect for helping protect a babies fresh new skin from the harmful sun rays.
Little man had a blast during his first time in the pool. We were even able to put some of his favorite water toys on the large mesh surface of the float to keep him entertained! Once we were done, the float was so easy to dry off and fold up. It even comes with a convenient mesh bag for storage and transportation! The float made our day so much more enjoyable. Even Big sister got in on the action. If you want one of your own, you can get them at Target, either in store or online. SwimWays has a huge range of fun swim safety products for children of all ages!
National Learn To Swim Day
So earlier I mentioned that learning to swim is an obviously important part of swim safety. This is a skill that all children should learn, and in 2012 SwimWays started National Learn to Swim Day. This takes place on the 3rd Saturday in May every year. It is aimed at educating parents on the importance of proper swim safety. This year, May 20th is National Learn to Swim Day, and SwimWays and myself want to encourage parents to enroll kids in a certified swim training course. You can check out the National Learn to Swim Day website for a ton of resources. There are fun printable pages for the kids, loads of helpful information, resources on where to find classes, and so much more.
With unintentional drowning being the 2nd leading cause of injury and death to children under the age of 14, it is invaluable that you teach proper swim safety. This is the time for you to teach your child to swim, or enroll him/her in a safety class. Remember all of the swim safety tips I mentioned above, and have a fun and safe summer!
Now I want to know, how do you plan to celebrate National Learn to Swim Day,? What are your go to swim safety tips for a fun and safe summer?