We can arm our home with safety alarms that alert when a child gets loose, but that’s no guarantee anyone can get to the child in time. For this reason, pools should be fenced to avoid easy access. In fact, in most places, insurance companies and home inspections require some sort of pool barrier.
With Summer here and families still quarantined at home, the backyard pool - whether inflatable, in-ground or above ground - is replacing beach vacations for many of us. What many families with young children don’t realize is that drowning is thenumber one cause of injury death for children 1-4 years of age and the second leading cause of injury death for children 5-14 years of age.
Maybe you’ve heard the term “shallow water blackout” before and you want to learn more about it or maybe this term is new to you. Either way, all swimmers should be aware of what a shallow water blackout is and how to prevent it from happening to you and your loved ones
One of the most common misconceptions about swimming is that, it is always best practice to tread water when you might need a break from swimming. While this may be true for adults and older children, it can be extremely dangerous for young children, especially those who are not confident swimmers.
With summer just around the corner, countless families will flock to nearby lakes or beaches for vacation. Many of those families will have children with them, and it can be hard to determine whether it is safe for them to venture in the water.
Did you know that drowning is the #1 cause of accidental death for children ages 1-4 years old and 88% of drownings occur with at least 1 adult present? Most don't have formal swimming lessons; instead, kids rely on a toddler swim vest, puddle jumpers, or other flotation devices to swim.
Drownings are often silent events because an individual is underwater, unconscious, or frozen with fear. It is important to recognize the signs of an emergency in order to save a life. There are three main parts with water emergencies: Prevention, Recognizing, and Action.
Swimming in nature is exhilarating. There is a kind of joyous freedom in being just one lone human seemingly out in the world alone. But with that freedom comes a self-responsibility that can be crucial for your survival.
Are you wondering how to keep yourself and your family safe while having fun in the water? Inside are a number of simple guidelines that will keep you out of trouble while still allowing you to enjoy your time in the water.
Over years of swim lessons and coaching, I got this question a lot. “When is my child considered water safe.” My response to that tricky question was always the same: Wondering when your child is “water safe” is the wrong way to think about it.
I’ve heard friends and other parents list litanies of excuses; “it costs too much, our schedule is too busy, my three-year-old is too young, I don’t want to fight my kid every day to go swimming,” etc. But none of those excuses hold up to the reality of how affordable, accessible, and invaluable swim lessons can be.