Email subscription

Enter your email below and you will be updated automatically whenever a new blog post is published

Subscribe to new posts by email

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Summer Time Swimming with young children

When the weather’s gorgeous and it’s “holiday time” the obvious choice is to go for a swim. However, it’s also a really good time to set some ground rules from the outset. Here are some suggestions to help you reinforce water safety:

POOL RULES should be safe and reasonable:

A sensible thing to do is to teach your child that before they ever go to play in water (regardless of whether it’s only a bucket or a paddling pool) they should get into their swimming gear, fetch a towel and put their sunscreen on. By them doing this every time it gives you a vital heads up that they intend to get in to the water.
  •       Never swim alone
  •       No diving, ever, into the shallow end
  •       No extreme jumping into the pool – e.g. off a fence, chair, floating toy.
  •       No dunking
  •       Don’t play dares – e.g. holding your breath underwater, hyperventilating or swimming out of your depth

 
If you have young children, it’s recommended that you always stay within arm’s reach of them while in a pool. Make sure you supervise total non-swimmers in shallow water.  If you are going to use a PFD (lifejacket, floatation suit) do not choose one that they can grow into as it's dangerous – it should fit snugly. 

For more information please visit my website www.puggles-swim.co.uk
 

No comments:

Post a Comment