Swimming

Swimming

SILO-SWIMMING.pngWe know water is everywhere. So to make water safety easy, we divided it into three categories: Water safety at home, swimming safety and boating safety.

Here you'll find everything you need to know about swimming safety. Whether it's a trip to the beach or a dip in the community or backyard pool, you can ensure that swimming is as safe as it is fun by following a few basic safety tips.  

The Hard Facts

Among preventable injuries, drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 – 4 years old. Children 1 – 4 years old are more likely to drown in a pool. Children 5 years and older are more likely to drown in natural water, such as ponds, lakes and rivers.

Top Tips

  • Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult. Make sure older children swim with a partner every time.
  • Teach children how to swim. Every child is different, so enroll children in swim lessons when they are ready. Consider their age, development and how often they are around water.
  • Make sure kids learn how to swim and develop these five water survival skills:
    1. Step or jump into water over their heads and return to the surface; 
    2. Float or tread water for one minute; 
    3. Turn around in a full circle and find an exit;
    4. Swim 25 yards to exit the water; and
    5. Exit the water. If in a pool, be able to exit without using the ladder.
  • Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool. They need to be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.
  • Know what to do in an emergency. Learning CPR and basic water rescue skills may help you save a child’s life.

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