WATER SAFETY EDUCATION FOR PARENTS & CAREGIVERS. A swimming pool is fourteen times more likely than a motor vehicle to be involved in the death of a child four and under. Seventy percent of all preschoolers who drown are in the care of one or both parents at the time of drowning.
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Drowning is more likely to claim your child's life than any other accident.
There is a very real need to protect your child from drowning.
It’s never too soon to start.
SWIMMING LESSON GOALS 1. Face-up comfort and lifesaving endurance in the water 2. Development of advanced swimming techniques
Supervision is always your primary layer of protection,
but many drowning incidents occur when parental supervision fails and there are no other backup layers in use.
Access doors to the pool area with high locks & alarms
Pool safety barrier such as a fence or wall separating
the pool from
"Staging platforms" such as tables and chairs, should not be kept near a pool fence.
for swimming only. Isolating the pool area to be used for swimming
is the most essential concept
of drowning prevention.
CPR and your knowledge of rescue techniques are another layer of protection should there be an accident.
Finally, an Emergency Action Plan is a must for anyone who has a backyard pool.
must be in force at all times or the system is compromised.
use them properly.
Do not use water wings, flotation swimming suits, rings, etc. even with adult supervision. These devices teach a heads-up posture in the water, arms out to the sides with the back arched and the knees bent in a bicycling-style kicking pattern. This posture and action is contrary to that needed for swimming.
In a recreational swimming setting, flotation devices should be used only by those who can swim independently.
is one of the worst
pre-swimming-lesson experiences a child can have.
If your child wears one even a few times, it will take her much longer to learn to swim.
Avoid swallowing pool water or even getting it in your mouth.
Shower before swimming and wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers.
Change diapers in a bathroom not at poolside.
clean the diaper
is the primary duty
of all lifeguards.
In reality, vigilance is, by human nature, very difficult to maintain, particularly when the visual tasks required by lifeguards become boring, repetitive and routine.
Have safety equipment in place and in working order at all times.Teenagers should not be allowed to use the pool without supervision. Do not serve alcohol to swimmers.Do not allow diving into any backyard pool.
69% of the accidents occurred while one or both parents were responsible for supervision.
10% were adults other than the parents. 14% were sitters 7% were siblings
65% were in a pool owned by the child's family 22% were in a pool owned by a relative 11% happened at a neighbor's pool.
Drownings happen quickly and without warning. There is no cry for help. 77% of the children had been seen five minutes or less before being missed and subsequently discovered in the pool.
46% were last seen in the house prior to being found in the pool. Of these, 15% were thought to be sleeping. 23% were last seen in the yard, porch, or patio, not in the pool area.
Take advantage of the products available to safeguard your pool, but remember, all the technology in the world can't bring back the lifeless body of a child who drowned unnoticed.
It is estimated that in the
United States, there are 50,867,840 acres of lakes; 633,109 miles of rivers; and 88,633 miles of coastal shoreline.
spend time near water.
Of the 481 boating-related drownings in 2003, 416 could have been prevented with the
use of a life jacket.
Be aware of small bodies of water your child might encounter, such as fishponds,
ditches, fountains, rain barrels, watering cans, and even the bucket you use when
you wash the car.
constant supervision to be sure they don't fall in.
Rivers, lakes, and farm ponds are not guarded, and are not equipped with safety gear.
Be prepared and bring your
own safety lines and
first aid equipment.
Children should swim only during designated swim times. They should not be allowed to
drift in and
out of the water.
Make sure that an adult is actively supervising the swimmers, and take plenty of breaks for water and resting.
In the uncontrolled environments of rivers, ponds, oceans, and lakes, safety issues can unexpectedly arise. Safety education and preparation is particularly important because children are very drawn to the water and often have difficulties perceiving its dangers.
It may sound ridiculous to say this far into the presentation, but I can't stress enough that you should not go into open water if you don't know how to swim well.
when they do occur, the results can be catastrophic.
Improper diving into a swimming pool or other body of water may lead to serious neck and spinal
injuries which include paralysis.
An initial entry into the water should never be from a dive. Always enter the water
feet first; then make a decision as to whether it is safe to dive.
The minimum safe depth for diving from the side is nine
feet and from a
1-meter board is twelve feet.
when you cannot see
Don't dive from rooftops, balconies, ledges, fences,
Don't drink and dive.
Don't dive (or swim) alone.
Do not run from the beach and dive into the surf, or dive from a pier, jetty, or boat.
In all of these instances, the water often appears deeper than it really is.
Dive with your arms extended over your head and steer up with your hands. Your extended arms and hands not only help you to steer up to the surface, they can also protect your head. If your head hits bottom, major injury can result.
The two main issues at both hotel pools and water parks are Pool Access and Water Chemistry.
accessed hotel pools.
Non-swimmers should learn to swim before being allowed to go to a
and water parks require
You can't supervise while
sitting in a lounge chair
reading a book.
Pool parties are for children
who know how to swim.
If anyone you want to
invite cannot swim, plan something else.
If your child does not know
how to swim DO NOT allow
him to attend a pool party.
Often at backyard pool parties doors are propped open breaching the layers
Often swimmers are allowed
to drift from the pool to the house or patio area for food
Host your pool party at a commercial facility. Take advantage of the trained lifeguards and professional rescue equipment provided.
Keep the group small - six to ten is best for parties where there is a guest of honor, up to twenty for a group party.
For teenage groups of
over twenty, choose a
larger facility or water park.
Children's pool parties are the most fun when they are restricted to invited guests. Younger and older siblings and tagalong neighbors and friends increase the risk and diminish the fun for the guest of honor.
a safe environment for
YOU are responsible for
making good choices.
YOU are responsible for
keeping your child safe.