We would like to remind everyone that even children with excellent swim skills need the watchful eye of an adult to keep them safe in the water.
Please remember that no child should ever be considered "water safe" or "drown proof" regardless of swim experience or ability. Children should never be left unattended around pools or open water.
Remember: Always swim with a buddy!
Statistics continue to indicate that drowning is still a leading cause of death in children under 5. Parent education about water safety is very important in preventing such disasters.
Our business is not only teaching swimming, but also teaching your child and family to be comfortable, confident, and safe in and around the water.
Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 4 and a leading cause
for young people up to 14 years of age. Consistent swimming lessons for adult and children can reduce the risk of drowning by up to 90%. With some 450-500 fatalities annually, drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death among Canadians under 60 years of age (surpassed only by motor vehicle collisions and
poisoning) According to the National Library of Medicine (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov). In Ontario, about 160 people drown every year. 60-70%% of drownings occurring from May-September. These drownings are preventable.
The top water safety tip is to immediately schedule swimming lessons with Felix's Swim Schools! But drowning prevention is a multi-layered process, and swimming lessons alone will not keep your child safe.
So please keep reading... Children from 4-6 months old can strat learning basic skills. Mommy and me swimming classes (parent and tot) are a fun social activity and a pleasant way to bond with your baby in the water.
Felix's Swim Schools offer various Lifesaving courses:
- Lifesaving Society Assistant Instructor course
- Lifesaving Society Swim Instructor course
- Lifesaving Instructor course
- National Lifeguard (NL)
- National Lifeguard recertification
- Water Safety Instructor course (WSI)
Never leave your child unattended in or near water, even if they can swim. You don't have to be in the pool every minute with your child, but you should stay within a safe reaching distance.
Lifeguards are not babysitters! Do not assume your child is safe because a lifeguard is on duty. Especially on busy days, lifeguards can get distracted, or they may be attending to another bather. Unfortunately, as parents of toddlers, we don't get to relax and nap at the beach or pool! The beach has added dangers of waves and tides, so it is important for us to be in the water with our little ones.
Floaties should be used sparingly. They can be fun and safe if you are playing in the water with your child. However, if you are not in the pool, floaties give your child (and you) a false sense of security and he will push the limits of safety. If children cannot swim independently of floaties, they should never be in water over unless accompanied by an adult.
If you have a backyard pool, a professionally installed baby gate/pool fence is essential. But a gate is only effective if it is used properly. Talk to your older children about the importance of keeping the gate closed. Also ensure the fence is locked immediately after using the pool or having pool service.
Do not hang towels or other heavy items on the fence, as that shortens the life of the fence.
All doors leading directly from the house to the pool should chime when opened. Check that the locks are working, and that your child is unable to operate the locks. Turn on the house alarm at night, or if you nap with your child. If a door is opened by your child, you want to know about it before it is too late.
If you have a pool cage, the handles on the outside doors should be high enough so that children cannot enter the pool area unassisted.
Keep your pool clear of toys. Infants and toddlers are curious and will grab the toys, and fall into the pool in the process. An added benefit is that your pool will be cleaner. The skimmer is much less effective if there are toys floating on the pool surface.
Talk with your child about pool safety. Make it a swim game—ask them one water safety question before they get into the pool.
Thank you and swim safe!