SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – This month is National Water Safety Month. Count on 2’s Taylor Murray spoke with a swimming expert and has what you need to know about keeping your child safe around water.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Drowning is the number one cause of death among children aged 1-4. It is also a leading cause of death among teens.
Emilie Rosalino, the Aquatic Director, of Cane Bay Family YMCA, shares some life-saving water safety tips that should be followed whether you’re swimming with your child at the pool, beach, or just hanging out near a body of water.
Tip #1: Make sure that your child has had swim lessons prior to any water activities. They can start lessons as early 3-months-old.
Tip #2: If your child needs to wear a life vest or flotation device, make sure that is “USA Coastal Approved”. Not all flotation devices are created equal.
Tip #3: Monitor your child’s energy levels during water activities. Exhaustion can cause accidental drowning. She recommends alternating between ½ an hour of water play followed by ½ an hour of rest. (If the children are of older age— alternate 1 hour of water play followed by 1 hour of rest)
Emilie Rosalino, the Aquatic Director, of Cane Bay Family YMCA, says that even when parents follow safety precautions, accidents can still happen, so parents should always be alert and ready to swiftly intervene—and they can do so by keeping a close eye on their child when around water.
She says, “You just have to make sure that you are paying attention to your child. Your child could be the best swimmer, but heaven forbid something happen, like the get a leg cramp, or they get dunked and panic and you don’t know what’s going to happen—you make sure that you are paying attention to your child in the water or be in the water with them.”
The Cane Bay Family YMCA offers swim lessons for all ages. For more information, click here.
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