To Parents: Water Safety Tips for Summer Fun
Posted by: District 10 months ago
The glorious summer months in beautiful Coronado bring back memories from Bobby Darin’s famous song, “Splish Splash.” While we’re not going to take a deep dive into the tub, it does remind us of the little ones splishing and splashing along the coast. You can instantly visualize those timid first steps along the beach, uncertain of the soft rolling waves, and the instantaneous squeal when the cold water touches their toes.
As parents, during those young years we are super vigilant, even using our hawk eyes, when our children play around water. As they grow older, that vigilance is still important. To help keep everyone safe this summer, we wanted to resurface some water safety topics for children of all ages.
Water Safety is a Community Endeavor
We’re incredibly lucky to have a community so exceptionally water aware. It comes hand in hand with living adjacent to the world’s largest swimming pool—the Pacific Ocean.
Just because we’ve been historically very strong in promoting water safety doesn’t mean we can lighten up. It’s up to us as parents and community members to continually drive home the importance of water safety. Ultimately, we need to continue being a community hyper vigilant, ingraining water safety into each generation as they grow up.
Drive Home Water Safety
Water safety and awareness need to become second nature. That means reminding students that activities such as rough housing in the pool, fake drowning, running along the pool, and swimming out too far are exceptionally dangerous. It’s up to the individual first to remain safe, and then to those around them to keep an eye out.
Any time there is water involved, it’s important to have someone tasked with watching the kids. Nationwide, the largest percentage of drownings occur at backyard pool parties when there is no lifeguard present. We can help prevent this by tasking someone with watching the pool when children are present.
Swimming Lesson Tune-Ups at BBMAC
Despite our deep commitment to water safety, a large percentage of our students need a little extra boost when it comes to their swimming skills. Many students fail their 5th grade deep-water test, as well as struggle to hold their breath under water.
Just because students took swimming lessons when they were younger doesn’t mean they still have those skills. Swimming is something that needs to be maintained over time. BBMAC offers swimming lessons for all skill levels and is a great environment for students to keep those skills sharp.
Swimming with Lifeguards
BBMAC employs highly skilled (and certified) lifeguards, as well as ensures they have the proper number of lifeguards on staff for the number of people in the pool. We all rest a little easier knowing a lifeguard is on duty, but it’s important to know they are there to help and protect swimmers. They are not there, for instance, as babysitters.
When you take your children and their friends to the pool, it is still important for you to keep an eye on them and ensure they are following all of the pool rules.
Dry Drowning & Secondary Drowning
Unfortunately, the risk of drowning doesn’t end when you leave the pool. Someone who inhaled water into the lungs while swimming can start to struggle breathing as late as 24 hours after leaving the pool, which then leads to what’s classified as secondary drowning. The phenomenon of dry drowning and secondary drowning has been gaining more attention nationwide as they are pinpointing more cases.
While this is exceptionally rare, it’s important for parents to know what to look for. Parents Magazine has a great article on the signs and symptoms parents need to be aware of when it comes to dry drowning and secondary drowning. You can read the article here.Share on Twitter Share on Facebook