Swim time!!! Jump into Summer!  Memorial Day is over- the pools are officially open, lake vacations planned, and beach trips scheduled.  Bring on the pool noodle battles, Marco Polo, waterskiing, and digging for shells.  It seems all Winter that Memorial Day weekend couldn’t come fast enough- and then we are here. Summertime allows for water to become a pivotal point from days at the pool, night swimming, swimming in the rain- it all seems new again after months of cold weather.  Swim team starts up, swim lessons start, and everyone gets a bit tanner.  They say that these are the memories we will have forever.  Long, lazy, days in the sun- sounds like perfection.

Throughout all the fun though- one thing that everyone should be aware of, is water safety.  Although summer swimming and boating is great time- it’s also a time to be safe and aware.  Drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages 1 to 4, and three children die every day as a result of drowning.  A few tips this Summer to keep kids safe:

  • Always supervise children when in or around water. A responsible adult should constantly watch young children.
  • Teach kids to swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning.
  • Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Your CPR skills could save someone’s life.
  • For boating: wear a properly fitted life jacket every time you and your loved ones are on the water.
  • Put the cell phone down.  Most accidents happen when an adult looks away for even a moment.
  • If you own a pool, set pool rules early on and make sure the kids know them, and follow them.  Consider using alarms to alert doors opening, water moving, etc.

kidzxplor’s partner, Little Fishes Swim School, is passionate about water safety and drowning prevention.  They teach all kids to be safe around the water and how prevent accidents from an early age.  Lessons start at just 2 months old allowing babies to get comfortable with water early-on and be able to navigate in it if an accident happens.  In 2009, a study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development found:

  • Providing very young children with swimming lessons appears to have a protective effect against drowning;
  • Infant and toddler swim lessons do not increase children’s risk of drowning;
  • Formal swimming lessons for preschoolers reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent.

Swimming is one of the best parts of Summer, but needs to also be safe, and smart.  Have fun out there!