Water Safety Tips


We’ve compiled a list of some water safety tips we feel are most important in keeping your family safe during your day at Splashway.  After our successful participation in World’s Largest Swim Lesson (read the blog post here), we want to continue bringing awareness to the fact that drowning is preventable. Read these tips and stay vigilant about educating yourself and your family about water safety. 

1. Wear a lifejacket!

Splashway always offers free lifejackets for everyone. Even if you or your child is a little familiar with the water already, it is always better to be on the safe side. Remember never to rely on lifejackets alone, however. 

One swimmer models her goggles at Splashway.

2. Goggles are great!

Keep them on when underwater, and use goggles with a nose piece if necessary. Rinse them with cold water afterwards to remove chlorine or sand, and leave them out to air dry before putting them back in a bag.

3. Use earplugs if necessary, and bring swimmer’s ear for afterwards.

4. Children should always be within the arm’s reach of an adult.

Nothing is better than the watchful eye of a parent!

5. Use sunscreen!

Be sure to apply 30 minutes before swimming, and in a cool environment. And don’t forget to reapply often!

Tallon, one of Splashway's Head Guards, is ready for a day of guarding and supervising lifeguards.

Tallon, one of Splashway’s Head Guards, is ready for a day of guarding and supervising lifeguards.

6. Obey the lifeguards.

If you ever need any assistance at all, do not hesitate to let them know. Our guards are great, but with your help they can be even better!

7. Know when to call for help.

Seconds count in preventing accidents. Know when to recognize the need to call for assistance, and never hesitate in doing so. 

8. Establish rules with your family before anyone enters the water. 

Make sure everyone is on the same page regarding where children can play, and establish regular meeting times at your table. 

 9. Check out Colin’s Hope for more water safety resources including tips, games, and materials.

By: Kristen Henke

 

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