Keep Your Kids Safe Around Water
Summer is just around the corner; and with the hot weather approaching (we hope), you are bound to be heading to the beach some time soon. If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off on a sun holiday you will more than likely encounter a pool, the sea, or a water park. Whatever the situation, water safety is extremely important, especially when kids are involved. We have some tips for keeping your kids safe around water.
Get Swimming Lessons
Possibly the most obvious way to keep a child safe around water is to equip them with the skills needed to cope. Swim Ireland have a list of accredited swim schools across Ireland. If learning to swim properly as a child wasn’t something you had the opportunity to do yourself, there are plenty of adult swimming lessons available. With both you and your child capable of swimming, and coping with water you will have peace of mind whenever you are around water.
Check for Safety Features
If you can’t swim, don’t like water, or don’t consider yourself a strong swimmer, always look out for the safety features available at whatever swimming venue you find yourself at. This can be life buoys, life jackets, or a lifeguard on duty.
At the Beach
Some things to consider when it comes to water safety at the beach/in the sea:
Check for any hazards such as rocks, or jellyfish.
Never swim too close to any cliffs.
Keep an eye out for the tide and currents. They change often so always be aware of them.
Always swim parallel to the shore.
Always swim between the flags as this is the safe part of the water.
Only swim at beaches with quality water. You can search beaches, and get an extensive report on their water quality here.
Never use an inflatable in the open sea as they, and the person lying on them, can get swept away in a current very quickly.
At the Pool
Caution must always be taken at swimming pools, even those that have a lifeguard on duty. To ensure safety you should:
Check the depth of the pool. This is to assess if your child is capable of handling the depth of the water when it comes to treading water capabilities. You should also check the depth of the water if your child is planning on diving or jumping into the pool.
Stick to the rules. Speaking of diving, if it is prohibited, this will be made clear with a no diving sign. Make sure you and your children abide by this rule as it is put into place for a reason - your safety.
Always keep an eye on your kids. During busy periods it can be hard to keep track of kids in the water. Be extra vigilant if the pool you are at is busy as you don’t want your child coming into danger and you are unable to see this.