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Child Pool Safety Swimming-Lessons Teach Children Not to Panic
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July 7, 2013

Child Pool Safety Swimming-Lessons Teach Children Not to Panic

By Kate Rieger


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Parents should use a multi-layered approach to protect children around the pool or at the beach.

If children are a part of your reunion group, institute a multi-layered approach to prevent accidental drowning.  Relying on human supervision as the sole method of preventing a child from drowning is inadequate because there are always things that distract parents.

The statistics are staggering:  77 out of every 100 children who drown in a home pool were seen alive five minutes or less prior to being discovered in the pool.  One approach is to include child pool safety swimming lessons to teach kids not to panic should they fall in the water.

First, teach your child to swim.  The YMCA offers swimming classes for children as young as 6 months old. Qualified instructors teach children the basic safety rules in and around pools, as well as how to tread water and float.  Children also are taught basic water safety.  Ultimately, your child learns to respect the water and not fear it.

Some instructors are qualified to work with infants who are able to crawl or walk to a pool.  However, this type of training is not intended to teach your baby how to survive falling into a pool.  The lessons are shaped to desensitize the child to being in a pool where there isn’t a supporting basin like the one he or she is accustomed to sitting in during bath time. These lessons are designed to prepare the child for more advanced swimming lessons.

Providing your youngsters with child pool safety swimming lessons is one proactive layer in your safety net to prevent drowning.   While not all-inclusive, here are a few other steps to take:

  1. Get parents and teenagers in the family certified in performing CPR.
  2. Place high locks on access doors to the pool area.
  3. Install safety pool fences that form a barrier around the pool
  4. Install and arm a pool alarm that senses when something falls into the water.
  5. Have toddlers and infants wear a personal immersion alarm that is set to alert when it is submerged under water.
  6. Remove access points, like doggy and kitty hatches through which kids can crawl.
  7. Install pool drain covers that have a vacuum release system that automatically shuts down a pool pump to prevent trapping a child at the drain point.

The more layers you have in your drowning prevention net, the less chance there is the entire system can fail.  The nice thing about incorporating safety pool fences in safety systems is that these fences also keep deer, raccoons, skunks and pets out of the pool area.

Adult supervision, however, is always the primary method of protecting kids, but there are times when constant, uninterrupted supervision is impractical. Alarms and safety pool fences make it harder for accidents to happen.  Child pool safety swimming lessons prepare toddlers for accidents.  This is one area where you can never have too much preparation and protection.