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Six ways to stay safe this summer

30Nov2021

As the weather starts to warm up, you and your family will probably be spending some time soaking up the sunshine by the pool or at the beach.

As the weather starts to warm up, you and your family will probably be spending some time soaking up the sunshine by the pool or at the beach.
 
The latest research shows that sadly 294 West Australians will drown each year, with toddlers and young children most at risk of being in a drowning incident.
 
We’ve put together six tips to help you stay safe during summer:

1. Keep watch 

Whether your kids are swimming in the pool or at the beach, it’s important to make sure that an adult is watching them at all times and isn’t distracted while doing so.
 
While lifeguards are around to help keep people safe, they’re not responsible for watching children at all times.

2. Fence off your pool

Putting a fence up around your pool can help keep your children from wandering close to the water when you’ve lost sight of them. However, you shouldn’t be too reliant on having a fence up. Here are few other things to be mindful of:
  • Make sure the gate to the pool is self-closing or self-latching so kids can’t pull it open.
  • Ensure the gate is closed so kids can’t enter alone.
  • Look out for loose or broken fencing, so children can’t slip through gaps.
  • Make sure the fence is high enough that your kids can’t climb over it and remove any climbable objects nearby such as trees or furniture.

3. Swim between the flags

Beaches can be unpredictable, with weather, waves and depth of water constantly changing. Lifeguards will designate safe swimming areas by using red and yellow flags. That’s why it’s important to ensure your kids swim between the flags to avoid hazards such as rips.

4. Know the Aqua Code

If your kids are ever stuck in a difficult situation, they can protect themselves until help arrives by following the Aqua Code (going together, reaching to rescue, staying afloat and waving to signal help). 

5. Empty out water

When bath time is over, make sure you drain the water, so your child doesn’t try to swim while you’re not around. The same should also be done for paddling pools and buckets.

6. Stay afloat 

Make sure your kids wear life jackets and floaties around water, to help them stay afloat and feel more comfortable around water. Make sure to keep a close eye on your child while they're in the water.

By following these simple tips, you can help make play around water safe for your kids.

Our Swim ARCademy classes are run by qualified ARC Swimming Instructors and aim to help people become strong swimmers and develop essential skills in water safety.
 
Plus, kids will have the chance to spin our SuperStar wheel and win a prize when they pass a level.

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