Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Open Water Safety Tips from Safe Kids USA

Follow these tips around open water:

Actively supervise children in and around open bodies of water, giving them your undivided attention. Appoint a designated “water watcher,” taking turns with other adults.

Enroll your child in swimming lessons after age 4 – typically the earliest age when they are likely to practice and retain information. Teach children how to tread water, float and stay by the shore.

Make sure kids swim only in areas designated for swimming.

Teach children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool: they need to be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.

Do not let kids operate personal water crafts such as jet skis. These are intended for adults and require special training.

Teach children not to dive into oceans, lakes or rivers because you never know how deep the water is or what might be hidden under the surface of the water.

Learn infant and child CPR and keep a phone nearby in case of an emergency.

More water safety tips can be found at safekids.org

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