What to Do and Be Aware of While Your Child Is Swimming
Even if your child is a pro swimmer and there is a lifeguard on duty, there are specific things that parents should be on the look out for while their child is playing in the water.
- Don't assume that you'll see or hear your child if they have a problem — remember that drowning can be fast and silent.
- Always supervise or have a point person watching. "Designate an adult 'Water Watcher' to supervise children in and around the pool at all times," Elizabeth Klinefelter, Pool Safely campaign lead, told POPSUGAR. "This person’s only job is to watch children, which means that smartphones, books, and other entertainment should be put away — no texting!"
- Don't "turn off" once your child is out of the water. Children can accidentally fall into the pool or jump in without their parents knowing even after they said they were done swimming.
- Stick close by or always ensure that an adult is within arm's reach. This way, they will be able to immediately jump into action if there's a problem.
- Be your child's lifeguard, even if someone is on duty.