We’re all counting down the days until summer – the warm weather, fun in the sun, and of course days spent at the beach and pool. But lurking beneath the water is a silent killer that claims lives in just seconds.
Child drownings happen in the blink of an eye, and they’re silent. In most cases, there’s no screaming, no flailing, no calling for help. The victim slips under the water, unable to alert anyone, as they succumb. But there are really easy steps we as parents can take to protect our children from drowning incidents.
One of the best way to prepare kids for being in the water is through swimming lessons. Unfortunately, with the pandemic putting a pause on swimming lessons, many kids have regressed in their progress. So Australia’s peak industry body for swim schools is sharing important water safety messages ahead of summer.
Water safety starts at home
Firstly, it’s important to remember that kids don’t just drown in large bodies of water. Bathtubs, kiddie pools, pools and ponds also pose a drowning risk.
Teach your kids water safety from an early age, and make sure you have firm rules in place as a family. The Australian Swim School Association has launched the Countdown to Summer Series, with heaps of tips on how to keep the kids safe around water.
Here are their top tips:
- If a child is missing, check any water areas FIRST – seconds count
- Ensure everyone who cares for your child, including you, knows CPR
- Have an Emergency Action Plan in place, especially if you have a home pool or live close to a waterway
- Ensure all the other layers of protection are around your child – supervision, barriers and swimming and water safety skills – dealing with an emergency is the second line of defence.
It’s worth taking the time to get your family prepared for spending time around water this summer.We may get commissions for purchases made using links in this post. Learn more.