Doing The Doggy Paddle: Water Safety For Kids
On hot summer days, swimming is a great way to
have fun and cool off. Remember to be safe when you
are swimming and always follow pool and beach rules.
Safety tips, like staying with a swimming buddy or
listening to the lifeguard are simple, but they can
go a long way in making sure you have a safe and healthy
summer. If proper pool, beach, or swimming safety
is not practiced, swimmers risk getting hurt or drowning.
The following are some tips to help you have a safe
and healthy summer by the pool.
What To Wear
Whether it is a set of swim trunks for boys, a tankini,
bikini, or one-piece swimsuit, wearing the proper
swim gear is important. Swimsuits are made of breathable
material and help to protect the body from infection
and bacteria that live in the water. If your child
is not yet a strong swimmer, it is also important
that the wear a floatation device, like a life-jacket
or "floaties". They come in many different
styles, from devices that attach to the child's swimsuit,
to less restrictive, but still protective, "floaties"
that slip onto the child's arms, these swim aids will
give kid's make it easy to swim and play in the water
and help to keep children from getting a mouth-full
of pool water.
of Life Jackets
- Make sure your life jacket fits and
is fastened correctly before going into the water.
Your Life Jacket
- A kid-friendly PDF to help kids understand
why life vests are so important.
the Right Swim Safety Gear
- Finding the right swimming
aids and safety equipment is important, this might help
you find the right one for you and your child.
- A PDF with tons of information
about different safety devices to use in the water.
Playing in the pool is a great way to pass the time on
hot summer days, but before jumping in, it's important that
kids know how to keep themselves safe when they are in and
around the swimming pool. Swimming with a buddy is a great
way to stay safe, look out for each other and make sure
that a friend does not wonder off or away from the group.
Swimming in areas where the child can touch the floor of
the pool comfortably is also important, and simple
pool rules, like no running around the pool of diving into
shallow water are great rules for a safe and healthy summer
by the pool.
- Information and resources that will promote
pool and swimming safety.
Safety for Kids
- Information and statistics about swimming
and pool safety. Make sure you are prepared before diving
in this summer.
- A website for kids about the importance of
safety around the swimming pool.
- Tips to help your children enjoy their
summer by the pool safely.
- Learn why it is important to stay safe around
the swimming pool.
- Tips to helping your kids stay happy and
healthy by the pool this summer.
Pool Safety Resources - Information and resources that emphasize the importance
of pool safety.
Lake, River, and Ocean Safety
Swimming in a lake or in the ocean is a much different
experience than swimming in a pool. Open bodies of water,
like oceans, may have a strong current. Children should
stay out of the water if the current is too strong; it can
make it very difficult to swim back to shore and can be
very dangerous. Only swim in areas that have a life guard
on duty. Wearing protective footwear is also a good practice
when swimming in a lake or ocean. Water shoes will protect
your feet from shape objects that you may not be able to
see under the sand, like sharp shells or rocks.
- Kid-friendly resources for kids about staying
safe on the beach.
Safety for Kids
- It's important that children understand
the importance of safety when they are swimming in the ocean;
strong tides and ocean creatures can pose a threat.
Safety: Currents and Tides
- Learn what a tide or current
is, and learn how to stay safe at the ocean.
10 Beach and Ocean Tips for Kids
- Follow these easy
tips and you will have a fun and safe time at the beach
and Water Safety
- Easy to learn pointers to keep kids
safe by the water and at the beach.
Boat rides in the summer are lots of fun, activities like
fishing, knee boarding, water-skiing, tubing, and swimming
are great for families with children. Before you hop into
the boat for a ride, make sure to take all of the safety
precautions, like wearing a life jacket, storing floatation
devices on the boat, and plenty of waterproof sun block.
- A Kid-friendly website about the importance
of boating safety.
Safety Tips for Kids
- Illustrated boating safety tips
and information for children.
Education for Kids
- Learn about proper boat safety
and some simple boating rules.
Safety & Resources
- Easy to follow boating safety
information and resources for the whole family.
Safety Coloring Book
- This PDF activity book will help
young children understand proper boat safety.
No matter where you are swimming, it is important that
you stay safe and avoid roughhousing in or around the water.
Life jackets, swimming buddies, and lifeguards are all great
important. If you are swimming and you or a friend is hurt
or in a dangerous situation, make sure you get the attention
of a grown up or lifeguard to help you. Avoid swimming in
deep water and stay in areas of the water you are comfortable
Swimming Rules - Follow these rules to make sure you are safe when swimming.
Even experienced swimmers should follow these rules.
Steps to Healthy Swimming
- These six easy steps are
important to helping you stay health and have fun when you're
in the water.
- Information for parents and children
to help them stay safe by the pool or on the beach this
Children Safe: Water Safety
- Simple rules to remember
around the pool.
Ultimate Swimming Safety Guide - An extended resource guide to swimming safety.