Kids love to make a splash – and keeping them safe should be a top priority
There’s a lot of fun to be had when you take your kids swimming, but it’s also a time when you have to be especially alert. With a little help from experts at the Amateur Swimming Association, here’s how to make sure your kids stay safe.
Although parents generally know that they need to constantly supervise young children in water, accidents tend to happen after the pool’s been used. ‘Between the ages of 1 and 2, an infant’s mobility increases at a terrific but irregular rate, such that she can escape parents’ supervision and get into difficulties unexpectedly fast,’ says a spokesperson from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. ‘So paddling pools should always be emptied and turned upside down straight after use.’
‘If you can’t supervise your child for a moment, nominate just one adult to do it. When my daughter Rebecca was 3, I asked her grandma and two aunts to watch her. To my horror, as I was swimming with my nephew in the sea, I saw Rebecca totter alone to the edge of the waves and get knocked flat. Her grandma and aunts all thought one of the others was watching her.’
Jane, mum to Rebecca, now 6
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