From the time they spend in the womb, children are true water lovers, until the time they are born and slightly after. Many mothers will tell you bath times were among their most cherished moments.
As they grow older, children are drawn to pool parties and games that revolve around water, and sometimes they do not care if the water is clean or dirty.
What can you do to ensure your children are safe in the swimming pool?
Safe, Clean Water
First of all, it is important to make the water safe enough for the children, and indeed everyone getting in the water. A swimming pool expert may be your go-to person for this mission. They can help you determine what chemical levels, especially chlorine and other cleaning agents are safe for use in a pool that is frequented by the children and other vulnerable groups like the elderly.
It would also be important to set up cautionary systems to keep the swimming pool area safe. Some families have installed handles that swimmers can hang on to while swimming. Having rails that go around the entire pool may not look sophisticated, but some professionals can do a good job with it.
Although getting a full-time lifeguard may not be ideal for a home pool, you could get an adult on standby every time children and vulnerable groups are in the water.
Swimming Pool Safety Policies
Children may be safe in the water at home, but where else do they go swimming? Most people either go swimming at a recreation center or in school. For the school setting, it is advisable that you find out what policies are in place to ensure the safety of the children while in the water. In most cases, there is a trainer. Seek to know how qualified the coach or lifeguard is. Some unscrupulous administrators will only have a figure hold the post when essentially they are not adequately trained to handle emergency cases if they were to occur during a swimming lesson or session.
Basic First Aid
A qualified lifeguard should have at least basic First Aid knowledge and know what to do in the event of an accident. If your children are not too young themselves, you could teach them a thing or two about First Aid and what to look out for as they swim. The information may help them save a life, even if not theirs.
Simple tips like not going swimming alone, always staying on the side of the pool where they are most comfortable with the depth and knowing full well, before going in the water, who to call and what action to take in case a problem arises.
Alcohol and Swimming
If the children are older, they should be told about alcohol use and swimming. Most pool parties serve alcohol and liquor, especially those attended by high school kids. It is not right, but it happens. Children seem to do a lot of the things they see on TV and burying one’s head in the sand is not a solution to such a serious problem as drowning while intoxicated. Ensure children have the best and updated information on pool safety.
Finally, swimming pools are supposed to be a form of entertainment, leisure and of course exercise. Michael Phelps did not just wake up one day and become a legend. He had to have started somewhere. Who knows, you little champ could be the next Phelps, but only if they are safe in the water.