Most parents don’t consider the idea of swimming lessons until their kids are four or five years old. But it’s never too early to start educating your kid about the importance of water safety. It’s also not a bad idea to get your kid (and yourself) acquainted with a few basic yet very crucial water safety tips. As with all things in toddlerhood, it’s not IF it happens, but rather WHEN it happens. And as parents, we always need to be prepared to save a life at the drop of a hat. Here are some basics you need to keep in mind for toddler water safety:
The basics of toddler water safety
1. Start as early as possible.
As soon as your kid can walk, he or she is able to start with swimming lessons. You can start getting them into the water with you, just for the sake of enjoyment, as early as six months of age. This isn’t only a great time for some bonding; it’s also one of the best ways to get your kid acquainted with water. Plus it teaches them about the benefits of water safety.
2. Safety measures should be adhered to. Always.
In order to create a safer and more secure swimming environment for your kids, you’ll need to make use of a few creative layers. When we mention layers, we’re talking about things such as sufficient swimming lessons, putting up barriers like fencing around the pool, pool alarms, ad pool covers, and of course getting a first aid class behind your name. When your kid starts swimming, it’s important that you implement the ‘touch’ protocol, which demands that a kid is always within arm’s reach of adult supervision.
3. Invest in the best swimming school.
Luckily we live in a country where there’s no shortage in supply as far as swimming schools go. Nowadays even babies can start swimming lessons albeit they do much more floating opposed to any swimming, but it’s still a great start. By getting your kid into a swimming school, he’ll be learning about how to hold his breath underwater, how to flip onto his back for floating purposes, and how to swim to the edge of the pool or the steps, s that he can safely get himself out of the water in case he accidentally falls in.