Drowning prevention best practices blog

Welcome to our blog about water safety! Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of five, and it is important to take steps to ensure that children are safe when they are near or in the water.

In this blog, we discuss the importance of drowning prevention and how WETS is helping to support the community through our expert swimming lessons.

As a leader in swim education, we believe that it’s our responsibility to not only teach children how to swim, but also to promote water safety and educate individuals on the risks of drowning. By providing comprehensive swim instruction and resources, we aim to reduce the number of drowning incidents and create a safer environment for all. Check out our blog posts to learn about swimming tips, practical water safety lessons, and helpful resources that you can use to keep your family safe in and around the water.
It is our passion to support the community through drowning prevention, and we invite you to participate by learning about water safety.

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Swimmer’s Ear
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Swimmer’s Ear

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Bedtime advice from a Swim Instructor & Naturopathic Doctor 

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Conquering the fear of water

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Backyard pool parties are a fun way to cool off and enjoy the summer. However, when you decide to host...
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Swim Club or Not to Swim Club, that is the question!

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3 tips for water safety in young children

Water safety is an important topic for parents and caregivers to consider when it comes to their children. Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of five, and it is important to take steps to ensure that children are safe when they are near or in the water. In this article, we will discuss the importance of three key factors in water safety for children: learning to swim, having supervision, and respecting the water. By following these guidelines, we can help keep children safe and prevent accidental drownings.

  1. Learning to swim is an important water safety skill for children. Swimming is a fun and enjoyable activity, but it is also a crucial survival skill. Children who know how to swim are better equipped to handle unexpected situations in the water, such as falling into a pool or being caught in a strong current. It is important to enroll children in swim lessons at an early age to give them the skills and confidence they need to stay safe in the water.
  2. Supervision is key to water safety for children. Even if a child knows how to swim, they should always be supervised when they are in or near the water. Accidents can happen quickly, and it is important to have an adult present who can respond if a child gets into trouble. Children should also be taught to never swim alone and to always have a buddy with them when participating in water activities.
  3. It is important for children to respect the water. Children should be taught to never run or horseplay near the water, as this can increase the risk of accidents. They should also be taught to never jump or dive into water unless they know it is deep enough and free of obstacles. By teaching children to respect the water, we can help them stay safe and avoid dangerous situations.

Action Steps

  1. Enroll children in swim lessons at an early age. This will give them the skills and confidence they need to stay safe in the water.
  2. Always supervise children when they are in or near the water. Accidents can happen quickly, and it is important to have an adult present who can respond if a child gets into trouble.
  3. Teach children to respect the water. This includes never running or horseplaying near the water, never jumping or diving into water unless it is deep enough and free of obstacles, and never swimming alone. By teaching children to respect the water, we can help them stay safe and avoid dangerous situations.

Conclusion

In conclusion, water safety is an important topic for parents and caregivers to consider when it comes to their children. By taking steps such as enrolling children in swim lessons, always supervising them when they are in or near the water, and teaching them to respect the water, we can help keep children safe and reduce the risk of accidental drownings. It is also important to make sure that any pool or spa in the home is properly fenced and has a safety cover to prevent accidental falls. By following these guidelines, we can help ensure that children have a fun and safe time in the water.