Water safety survival skills are vital for anyone who spends time at a pool.
They are even more prevalent where children are involved as they can easily misjudge a situation and find themselves in strife at a split second.
Here are some strategies to keep your family safe around the pool:
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It goes without saying that lessons in water safety and swimming are essential for anyone who will spend time in or around a pool. Enrolling your family members in water safety and possibly lifesaving skills equips them with the necessary skills to act responsibly around the water, to be safe in the water, and to know what to do if they or a buddy get into strife. Contact the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre for details.
Line of sight
A simple towel hanging over a pool fence can be all it takes to block your view of a drowning child. Make sure that you have a clear line of sight to the pool when children are swimming.
Children are naturally curious and it only takes a tempting floaty pool toy that they really want to reach for tragedy to strike. A child can stretch too far or slip on a wet surface and suddenly fall into the water. Keep toys on dry ground inside the pool enclosure when not being used.
Adults in charge
There should always be at least one adult in charge of the children in the pool. Chat about your plan with the other adults around and make sure there is always at least one adult with a careful eye on those in the water.
Know a child’s swim strength
Some children are better at swimming than others - and it's particularly important to know this. Ask each child whether they are confident in the water, and if they aren't consider having more than one adult on hand.
Diving & jumping
Diving and jumping into the pool is an innocent cause of swimming pool tragedies every year. Some well-known safety rules around the pool and a responsible adult on hand is essential for such activities.