May is National Water Safety Month
May reminds us that summertime is just around the corner and with the warm weather comes water activities; beaches, pools, lakes, waterparks, you name it! So, what better time than NOW to address water safety? Our aquatics staff has put together a simple “to remember” list for when you and your family hit the pools this summer!
1. Acclimate Kids Early
It is essential to sign your children up for swimming lessons as early as possible. More importantly, get your child adapted to water and used to the environment. Practice in the bathtub, splash around, let your child become comfortable in the water so they won’t be fearful going into a pool. Children need to learn to not panic when submerged in water and how to float on their back if they were to fall in.
2. Attend facilities and beaches that have supervision
On duty lifeguards is key to enjoying a safe summer. Keep in mind, however, that lifeguards are not babysitters, and that parent / guardian supervision is a must.
3. Check your floaties
There are a TON of floatation devices out there for kids that should be avoided, including water wings, bubbles and suits with floats on them. Kids slip out of them, they pop or deflate, they are not safe. There are US Coast Guard certified floatation devices that ensure that the wearer will be held in an upright position in the water (when worn correctly). Look for devices that wrap around a child’s chest which are made to be worn snug to the body to ensure the wearer will not slip out. Remind your child that these devices are meant to help them but that it doesn’t make them invincible and they still need to be careful when in the water.
4. Go over basic pool rules
When visiting pools, beaches and waterparks, be sure to teach your child about the specific rules that are in place. These rules are meant to help keep everyone safe and to avoid any foreseeable accidents, i.e. no running, no horseplay, no swimming alone.
5. It’s never too late to learn
Adult swim lessons are becoming increasingly popular. If you have never learned to swim, or just want to improve on your existing techniques, Dedham Health offers adult swim lessons ranging from group lessons, beginner to intermediate, private and semi-private which are tailored to the needs of the individual.
For more information on the aquatics programs offered at Dedham Health, visit http://www.dedhamhealthfitness.com/swim/ or call 781-326-2900.