Summer is here and we know your kids are eager to hit the water. But before all the fun in the sun, here are 8 important tips to help you and your family have a safe swimming season.

  1. Always assign someone to watch the kids. Keep children within arms reach and never leave unattended.
  2. Invest in some kind of pool alarm. There are a number of options but remember these are just alarms. Parental guidance is primary.
  3. Don’t overfill the pool. Keep inflatables or other toys to a minimum. You want to be able to view everyone easily and avoid creating visual blind spots.
  4. Invest in swimming lessons with an accredited provider to ensure your children are taught about pool safety from an early age and become confident swimmers.
  5. Keep your pool water clean and clear. Make it a routine to check on chemical levels and circulation. This will minimize the risk of earaches or rashes as well as make it easier to maintain a clean pool.
  6. Establish and strictly enforce rules and safe behaviors, such as “no diving,” “stay away from drains,” “swim with a buddy” and “walk please.”
  7. Learn to perform CPR on children and adults and update those skills regularly.
  8. Always make sure to have a stocked first aid kit on hand where everyone can easily access.