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Summer days are amazing, and I only wish I could spend the entire day soaking in the water. However, since I am like you – a very responsible parent, I have to put my children safety first. If you are about to go the neighborhood pool or the amazing Water Park you and I both need to make sure we follow some ground rules. That is why today I am sharing DO’s and DON’Ts of a Public Swim Pool:
Public Swim Pool Tips
While it might be tempting to catch up on social media or have a long overdue conversation with a friend, make sure you can see your children at all times. We know how quick they move, but seeing them will prevent a much bigger problem.
Don’t Swim Alone
The “buddy system” is the best when it comes to swimming. If your child is playing with a friend that will insure somebody else is paying attention what you child is doing in the water. Kids often make friends on the spot, but if this is not an option, jump in yourself and use this time to bond with your son or daughter – it is a great quality time you will both remember for a long time. Learn more ways to know if your child should swim alone here.
Don’t Walk Away
Lifeguards are not babysitters. Stay at the poolside while your kids swim. Ask people you know well and trust to watch your children for a minute if you have to escape for a moment or wait for a safety break (if you have one). This really is the most important swim pool tip.
Take a Life Jacket
If your child is not a strong swimmer, keep a life jacket near by. Often younger children try to follow older friends and siblings to the deep end of the pool. Having a life jacket by your side will help you act quickly.
If you are spending hours at the pool, don’t forget to reapply sunscreen. Did you know that while swimming, you are more likely to get sunburned? Water is like a magnifying glass – it attracts the sun to everything in it. Make sure to use the snack time and safety breaks to refresh sun skin protection.
Learn to Swim
You know how important it is for kids at any age to be strong swimmers. While splashing is fun, learning to swim is a lifelong skill. We love going to the Goldfish Swim School. My toddler has attended classes since he was six months old and he turns heads every time we are in our local pool. Unlike some kids of his age, he loves jumping in the water, is very comfortable diving under the water surface, knows how to crawl out of the pool safely, and just enjoys his pool time to the max.
Check out Goldfish Swim School in Mundelein or find the location near you here. Ask for a tour, an evaluation or attend one of their fun events. And most importantly, don’t forget to remember these swim pool tips for keeping yourself and those around you safe during your time at the local public pool!