By Mike Moses
Hydras Swim Coach / Graphic Designer
Who’s excited for summer?!?
I know that I am. With summer comes a lot of family time in and around the water – pools, the beach, ponds, lakes and more. There are many steps to make sure your family stays safe – here are a few:
Always wear sunscreen/SPF – Although this may seem obvious, sunscreen is very important to everyone’s summer routine. This includes both kids and adults alike! I can’t tell you how many times even I have forgotten my sunscreen. I ended up in pain and agony for days with a bad sunburn, not to mention the permanent damage to my skin. Don’t forget – even on cloudy days up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate your skin.
Check your Floaties – There are a TON of floatation devices out there for kids. Most of these are very unsafe, including inflatable water wings, bubbles, and suits with floats in them. Here at the club we ask that if floatation devices are used in our pools that they are US Coast Guard certified. There is often a printed portion on the back of the device that tells you whether or not devices are USCG approved. The USCG approved floatation devices always ensure (as long as they are worn properly) that the wearer will be held in an upright position in the water, and they secure snugly to the wearer to make sure they don’t slip out.
Lifeguards aren’t babysitters – Many pools and beaches have lifeguards on staff. They are there to keep everyone in the pool safe while they swim. However it is always important to remember that just because a pool has a lifeguard (or lifeguards) doesn’t mean your child is 100% safe. On hot days, pools often get really packed with people. It is important to remember that lifeguards have an entire pool to keep track of – and all the people in it. They aren’t there specifically to watch your child. When your children leave your sight, you are putting their safety in someone else’s hands.
What are some of your favorite summer safety tips? Share them below!