This year I have read lots of articles on kids drowning. Children pushing BBQ’s up to the fence and climbing up and over to get into the pool. Children almost drowning in pools where adults are not supervising properly. Getting out of reach of your children when you are in the sea.
As a mother and swimming instructor it is my worst nightmare having children get out of their reach and go under the water.
DROWNING IS SILENT
Most people think it is like the movies where people are screaming for help and splashing around but in real life it is silent. Children will slip under the water and sink to the bottom. If there are lots of children around then it could be hard to watch properly.
KEEP WITHIN ARMS REACH OF YOUR CHILD AT ALL TIMES.
Both my children have been taught to be safe in deep water. They roll over and float on their back or lift their heads to breathe to get themselves to the side of the pool. But even though I feel confident that they are safe in deep water I still ensure that myself or my husband is in the water with them.
AN ADULT OVER THE AGE OF 16 YEARS NEEDS TO SUPERVISE.
If you are at the beach then it is also important to stay within arms reach of your children as there can be strong currents and rips at some of the more dangerous beaches. Even the beaches that seem safe can have strong currents and can take your children away from you at a moment.
I stand down in the water while my children splash around in the shallows. Often if I have my nephew with me and I ask that he helps out, because if they both got swept away I am left with the question of which child would I be rescuing.
Ensure that with preschoolers and children who are not strong swimmers it is one adult to one child at the more dangerous beaches.
TWO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 4 YEARS OLD WITH ONE CAREGIVER AT PUBLIC POOLS.
Recently on a trip to the public pools there was a massive line to get into the pools because it was the holidays and they only allow a certain number of people in so that they can supervise accordingly. There were people in the line wondering why the line wasn’t moving and why we couldn’t get in. I turned around and said
“I would prefer that my children were safe than have so many people in the pools and have a child drown.”
Often people don’t understand why there are rules at the pools but they are there for your safety.
Please keep your children safe around the water this summer. Remember that DROWNING IS SILENT and to always keep both eyes fixed on your children at all times.
But also have fun and enjoy the water just know your children’s limits when it comes to the water if you are at the pools, beach, lakes or rivers.
Have fun this summer and stay safe.