Pool and Water Safety in Florida- Teach Your Children How To Swim!  

by Pool Builders on 06-20-2011 in Articles

The leading cause of death in Florida for children under the age of 5 is drowning. There is no excuse for your children not knowing how to swim if you live in Florida. Florida leads the nation in children drowning- not something to be proud of. In fact, Florida has twice the national average of child drownings.

Just a couple of weeks ago one of our buyer agents' husband's grandchildren who was going to be two in August drowned in his parent's pool.

There is warm water here year round not just in the summer time. Although there is more water activity in the summers because the kids are out of school.

Teach your children to swim. Take them to classes at the Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA, the Wellington Recreation Center and other town recreation centers.

Teach your children how to climb out of the pool. The very first thing that good swimming instructors teach younger children is how to properly climb out of the pool once in the pool. We make sure that all our grandchildren and our children knew how to get out of the pool. One of the best exercises once they know how to swim is to have them jump in the pool with their clothes on. Falling into water with your clothes on feels much different than jumping in with a bathing suit or trunks on. The weight of the clothing as it gets wet is a heavy feeling. Practice climbing out of the pool with your clothes on. You will then see how important this exercise is for younger children to master.

Teach your children to stay away from lakes, canals and ponds. There could be snakes or alligators in the water. Never allow your children to go swimming in lakes, canals or ponds without adult supervision and never let them put their heads under the water in lakes in Florida.

Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 14 in the United States. Drowning children do not cry out for help.

Remember if your child is missing to ALWAYS go to your pool first to see if your child is in the pool.

If you have a pool and you do not have any children make sure your pool is fenced and that no child can reach your latch to your gate.

Learn infant and child CPR. This is an easy and fast class that only takes a couple of hours to learn and get certified. There is no excuse to not know CPR these days.

A lot of drownings occur during family parties and birthday parties. What a way to spoil the party! This is because all the parents are talking to each other and each person things that someone else is keeping an eye on the kids in the pool.

Always assign an adult or hire a lifeguard to watch the kids. The person in charge of watching the kids in the pool should have no other responsibilities or distractions while on pool duty.

Keep a life saver by the pool and always keep a working phone by the pool. Dial 911 in an emergency.

Remember that children can drown in just a few spoonfuls of water so even those kiddie pools are a danger when children are left unsupervised.

Make it a safe summer this year.

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