May is National Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Month. This important topic impacts all families. Every adult who supervises children needs to know basic information on how to keep kids safer in and around water.
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4 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe at the Pool
When it comes to drowning, the statistics are pretty staggering. Drowning is the leading cause of injury death to children ages one to four—and the second leading cause of injury death for children ages one to 14, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What’s more, statistics show that thousands of children are hospitalized each year for nonfatal drowning incidents.
Accidents can happen quickly. A child can drown in as little as one inch of water and in as little time as 20 seconds.
Use the tips and videos below to learn more about the basic skills you can teach your children in order to keep them safe at the pool this summer!
Tip #1 – Learn How to Get Out of the Pool Safely
Elbow, Elbow, Tummy, Knee! Help your little ones learn how to get out of the pool by manipulating their bodies in this order: elbow, elbow, tummy, knee. Practice this often! You can even do this on your living room floor by having your baby climb onto a couch or chair! After you practice, always remember to celebrate.
Eventually, your little one will be strong enough to manage the movement on their own! This fundamental skill will help kids get out of the pool independently every time he or she swims!
Tip #2 – Practice Jump, Turn, Swim to the Wall!
If a child were to fall into the water, he may panic and try to swim to the wall in front of him (which is going to be much farther away that the wall right behind him). We want to condition kids to turn right back to the wall behind them to quickly exit the pool.
To practice this, let your child jump off the side of the pool to you, help them physically turn back to the wall and then assist them in getting out of the pool by using the elbow, elbow, tummy, knee method. Do this over and over again. As they get more confident, let them go under the water and come to the surface on their own.
Tip #3 – Use the Sea Otter Float to Teach Your Kids How to Float on their Back
When you child fatigues in the water, he needs to know how to turn on his back and get his face out of the water to take a breath. Learning to float on the back is a critical water safety skill for this reason.
Utilize a progression of supporting them from underneath, encourage chin back, belly to the sky to arch your back. As they progress, you can begin to support them less by moving from holding them from underneath the back to just the head, to eventually having them float on their own.
You can use fun incentives to get kids to be in the proper position to float– like holding a toy above their heads for them to focus on.
Tip # 4 – Learn the Water Skill of Treading Water
Learning to tread water is an essential skill to build up core strength. This skill also keeps your child afloat if he is in deep water. Kids build up their confidence by successfully treading water for longer and longer periods of time. Head back and get those arms and legs moving!
While working on all of these water safety skills, keep in mind that your time together in the water should be positive and fun! Kids will make progress if you work on these skills regularly and celebrate their successes!
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