Pretty much every kid I know loves the water including my two boys. What's not to love about it? Splashing around and gliding through water is an amazingly fun way to spend time on hot summer days. Throw in water guns and toys and some major excitement is in the making. Just because swimming is a blast we can't forget that it also comes with risks.
When I was around 3-4 years old I remember swimming in our neighbor's pool. It was THE hang out spot and my parents and all the other neighbors were always there. I couldn't actually swim yet but one of those tube floats got me where I needed to go. You know the kind that looks like a big donut but kid sized.
From what I remember, there was a ton of people around the pool and maybe even it in. Well, being the rambunctious child I was I decided to jump in the pool with my tube float thinking I was all that. Big mistake. I went right through the center of the tube and to the bottom of the pool. Luckily, someone dove in and got to me right away but it freaked me out to say the least. That ended that particular pool outing for me.
What if I had been alone or only with other children? Things could have turned out a lot different. Now being a mother, I am so thankful for foundations like ZAC that want all children especially those ages 5-9 to learn the importance of water safety.
The ZAC Foundation wants to give parents and their children all the tools they need to be safe around water. Through education and advocacy programs, the ZAC Foundation provides a wealth of water safety tips, resources and programming (ZAC Camps) to parents and children of all ages that clue them into things like drain entrapment and the ABC&D's of water safety.
The ABC&D’s of Water Safety
- ADULT: Never let children be alone near or in a pool, ocean, lake, or river. Children should be taught to never swim without an adult present.
- BARRIER: Have a four-sided fence that goes around your pool with a self-locking gate.
- CLASSES: Kids and adults should take safety classes like swim lessons and CPR.
- DRAINS: ALL swimmers should stay away from all pool and spa drains to avoid becoming trapped by the suction.
- Instruct all swimmers to stay away from drains.
- Do NOT encourage swimmers to use diving toys, which often migrate to drains.
- Tie up long hair.
- Do NOT swim with loose fitting clothing or jewelry.
- If a drain cover becomes loose or falls off, shut down the pool or spa immediately.
There is nothing scarier than the thought of something terrible happening to your child especially if you could have done something to prevent it. Pools and other water recreation spots are fun but can be extremely dangerous if you don't know how to swim. That's why this summer my kids are taking private swimming lessons. I want them to be the water bugs they are but safe ones!
Now for some exciting news! From Monday, May 16 at 9pm PT – Monday, June 13 at 9pm PT the ZAC Foundation is giving away 15 Summer Fun Kits (ARV $50). Winners will be randomly selected and notified by Clever Girls and/or The ZAC Foundation by June 20. Happy entering!!
At what age did you learn to swim?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.