In three weeks, the official opening of most pools and the beginning of the swim season begins with Memorial Day weekend. Your children will have increased contact with pools, lakes, beaches, water parks, and hot tubs. Please reinforce the following safety skills and rules that your child has learned during his/her swim lessons.
- Review the water safety rules
- Always swim with an adult watching
- Always walk slowly never run around the pool to avoid slipping and falling
- Call 911 in case of an emergency. Actually have your child practice dialing 911 so they know exactly what that means.
- Ask your child what they would do if they fell into a pool.
- Turn around and grab the wall
- Roll on your back and float
- Tread water for the more experienced swimmers
- Review jump safety rules. Look before you leap and always jump feet first away from the wall.
- Ask them what they should look for – other people, toys, an adult is present and watching, how deep/shallow the water is, etc…
- If your child gets tired while swimming, reinforce that they can roll over onto their back and rest while they float. They can then roll back over to the front and swim a little further. They can continue to swim, roll over, float, and rest until they reach safety.
- Only dive in designated areas. Never dive in water that you are unsure of the depth such as a lake, river, or pond.
- Reach or throw – don’t go. Children should be taught to never go in the water to save someone. They should yell for help, try to reach for the victim or throw them something that floats.
- If your child is in level 2B or higher, ask them what bobbing to safety is. This skill is an important safety tool that can be used when a child gets out just a bit too far over their head. The swimmer uses the bottom of the pool to push off while moving forward on each bounce as they come up for a breath.
During SAFETY WEEK your child will be jumping in the pool with their clothes on. It is important to have students experience this to avoid a panicked experience in the future should an emergency occur and they find themselves in water with clothing on.
Remember, we culminate our Safety Week with SAFETY DAY, a free event for students and the community. Children will learn not only about water safety but bike safety, animal safety, fire safety, stranger danger and so much more. Join us in our parking lot for lots of fun and learning on Sunday, May 15th from 2:00 – 4:30. Bring a friend.