posted by: LIT First Aid on: April 14, 2019

There are few things more enjoyable than spending a day by the pool or at the beach with the family, watching your children splash around in the pool. However, it’s always important to keep in mind that water is, of course, dangerous. Even if the swimming pool or ocean appears to be safe, there’s always a risk that something can go wrong. Ensuring your children have had swimming lessons and feel confident in the water is a good start, but more is required to ensure they’re kept safe. Below, we take a look at three swimming safety points all parents need to know.

Source: Marc Richards

The conditions of the water

All water can be dangerous, but some are more dangerous than others. This applies especially to the ocean, but also to swimming pools. Before letting your children go into the water, do a quick safety check to make sure there are no potential problems.

Playing safe

Kids are excitable when they’re around the water. But safety begins with their actions. Before giving them freedom to play, ensure they know how to play safely while they’re in the water.

Be prepared

Even if you’ve taken all the necessary steps when it comes to proper water safety, you never know when something will go wrong. You can help limit the danger by first keeping an eye on your children while they’re in the water, and also having a plan in place in case something happens. This could involve knowing the number for the emergency services if you’re overseas, for example.

You can add another layer of defence by studying for a course with LIT First Aid and Lifeguard Training. During the course you’ll learn the basic emergency care techniques. You’ll hopefully never need to use them, but will be thankful you have the skills should they be required.

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