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It’s no secret that most kids love the water, and with our stylish swimwear, they can make an extra splash! If you are planning to head to the pool or beach, a little advance preparation can ensure everyone stays safe. Emma Hammet, founder of First Aid for Life, which runs practical, insightful and life-saving first aid courses in London shares her advice on how to stay safe in the water.
Swimming is a great way to freely have fun and exercise and can be a really special bonding experience for you with your children.
However please be particularly vigilant with children in water.
Drowning can happen extremely quickly and often silently, without any obvious struggle. A child can drown in just 2 cm of water!
Start teaching children to recognise and observe water safety signs; such as no diving, no swimming or deep water and at the beach always follow the guidance provided by lifeguards and indicated by flags to show where it is safe.
Children should always be supervised in the water. Never rely on a buoyancy aid or inflatable. Never leave children on their own in baths or paddling pools.
Please remember that the sun’s rays are magnified by water and so sun cream should be re-applied regularly when swimming and children should be discouraged from playing in the midday sun. Swimsuits with sun resistance factors are a great idea and waterproof hats and tops will also protect your child’s delicate skin from the harmful rays. Beach shoes are essential if you are swimming anywhere with sea urchins or just to protect little one’s feet.
When on holiday:
• Check the safety arrangements at the property in advance and choose pools that are fenced with locking gates.
• Check the property when you arrive to ensure there are no ponds and that the pool really is secure for your child.
• Always supervise children when they are playing in or near water
• Teach children to swim from an early age
• Speak to your children about staying safe in ponds, lakes, rivers and seas and always deter them from diving into any unknown depths.
Encourage your children to enjoy swimming and join them in the water for magical and memorable times. There are so many great water toys that add to the fun you can have together, diving sticks, things to chase and throw and water pistols. Swimming is a great activity that the whole family can enjoy together.
First Aid for Life provides this information for guidance and it is not in any way a substitute for medical advice. First Aid for Life is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made, or actions taken based on this information. It is strongly advised that you attend a First Aid course to understand what to do in a medical emergency.
www.FirstAidforLife.org.uk offer tailored first aid courses tailored for specific activities and destinations.
Email: [email protected] or telephone 020 8675 4036 for more information.
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