Keeping Your Child Safe in the Pool.  

by Pool Builders on 08-06-2013 in Articles

It's the school holidays and that usually means at least a couple of trips to the pool for swimming for children. Obviously swimming pools are places of fun and enjoyment but they can also be dangerous places and whilst there are strict rules unfortunately they aren't always followed and accidents do happen. Have you taught your child how to keep safe in the pool? It's very important to talk through safety with them regardless of age.

Even toddlers and nursery aged children can be made aware of the dangers, you must tell them that they are not allowed in the pool on their own, they must always be with either yourself, your spouse or an older child who is a strong swimmer. Toddlers should always have some sort of flotation device on them whether it be armbands or a flotation jacket to prevent them from being submerged in the water. It is also advisable to have a one on one supervision rota, there should be one guardian to each toddler at all times.

Primary school age children are the perfect age to start educating about pool safety. Children of this age just love to run so it's important to let them know that the pool side is very slippery and running could cause them to slip. If they know how to swim at this age they need to know that should still not be out of sight of an adult at all times. It's a good idea to teach them how to react if an accident does happen. You could have them practice "falling" into the pool and swimming to a ladder where they can hold their head above the water. Make sure they know that this isn't a game.

Teenagers are probably the most difficult age, they know the pool rules but often choose to ignore them. They should be able to swim unaided by this age but should still stay within view of an adult in case of a problem.

Try not to scare your children away from swimming while telling them about the dangers. Make sure they are aware that as long as they follow the rules they will be safe and can have lots of fun. It's doesn't matter whether it is a public pool or someone's own personal back garden pool, the rules should still apply and if your child continues to break the rules then ou mustn't allow them to swim until they agree to stick by them.

DonâEUR(TM)t automatically go for the most convenient pool or the one your childâEUR(TM)s friends all go to. Just because itâEUR(TM)s popular with other children does not mean itâEUR(TM)s right for yours. You need to make sure the teacher is friendly and willing to help and that she uses the correct techniques. Clean, working and well equipped facilities are a must, if you find somewhere that isnâEUR(TM)t very clean looking I would walk straight back out of the door.

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