CPR for Drowning Prevention

As a child swim instructor, I regularly review the basics of CPR for drowning prevention. The statistics demand a pro-active safety attitude with children in the water:

CPR for Drowning Prevention | Kathleen McMordie Infant Aquatics Expert Katy Texas

However, CPR for drowning prevention is knowledge everyone should have, especially parents of children who are frequently in the water. Here’s a summary of what you need to know along with some helpful resources to learn more, and be sure to check out our water safety worksheets for kids to get them up to speed.

  • The first and most crucial point: if someone is drowning or is having difficulty after being pulled from the water, ask someone to call 911 immediately. If you are alone, administer CPR treatment for at least two minutes before making an attempt to get help.
  • Be aware of your own safety, including dangerous water conditions. You can’t help someone else if you get yourself in trouble.
  • CPR for drowning must include assisted breathing along with chest compressions. “Hands-only CPR” is a recent technique that applies primarily to victims of cardiac arrest. Drowning victims suffer from oxygen deprivation and need breaths to boost their chance of surviving.

Remember that swimming safety for kids is something they can participate in actively. It’s critical for parents and caregivers to know the basics of CPR for drowning victims, but kids should be taught as soon as they are able to learn: not only will they have a greater personal understanding of the importance of safety in the water, they may be able to save a life as this 11-year-old girl recently saved her 8-year-old sister using CPR for drowning.

Click here for our Water Safety Worksheets for Kids.

Kathleen McMordie is an Infant Aquatic Survival Lead Instructor and water safety specialist located in Katy, Texas. Show owns a full-service aquatic facility, called Texas Swim Academy. Through a variety of programs, Kathleen and her staff of instructors at Texas Swim Academy strive to introduce children to water at an early age through INFANT AQUATICS, and to fully develop their swim stroke abilities through adulthood through STROKE DEVELOPMENT.

Fun Water Safety Activities for Kids

Laughter and enjoyment are the gateways into a child’s heart, so I always use pool games as a way to introduce water safety activities to kids. Here are a few of my favorites because they are effective for teaching toddlers important swim safety lessons, and the kids have a blast playing them. These games can be enjoyed by all swim skill levels with adult supervision – always remember to keep an eye on children in the pool during any swim activity.

Simon Says (allows you to practice a variety of water survival skills)

This is the game played in parks and backyards, brought into the pool. Call out a swim safety skill: “Simon says do a back float.” “Simon says get your face wet.” “Hold the wall and get back to the steps!” Anyone who answers a command without “Simon says…” has to sit on the steps.

Red Light, Green Light (teaches comfort and movement in the water)

Another one brought in from the playground, line the kids up opposite: “Green light!” allows the kids to come to toward you as fast as they can, “Red light!” means they have to stop and anyone who doesn’t goes back to the start. Each round you can change the way the kids get across the pool: the first round is paddling in the water with a swim noodle, second round use a kickboard, third round walk with faces in the water…

Fun Water Safety Activities for Kids | Katheleen McMordie Infant Aquatics Expert Katy Texas

Timed Treasure Dive (teaches comfort underwater and holding breath)

Scatter dive toys on the bottom of the shallow end and take turns: each player has to the count of five to get as many toys as possible.

These water safety ideas for kids also teach toddlers and children to listen to instructions and carefully follow specific rules, a valuable skill to develop both in and out of the water. Swim safety for kids is meant to be fun for adults too, so parents and caregivers go ahead and jump in and enjoy yourselves!

 

Kathleen McMordie is an Infant Aquatic Survival Lead Instructor and water safety specialist located in Katy, Texas. Show owns a full-service aquatic facility, called Texas Swim Academy. Through a variety of programs, Kathleen and her staff of instructors at Texas Swim Academy strive to introduce children to water at an early age through INFANT AQUATICS, and to fully develop their swim stroke abilities through adulthood through STROKE DEVELOPMENT.

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Water Safety Video Tip: Introducing Infants to the Water

Have you ever wondered when you can bring your baby into the water?

When working with a certified Infant Aquatic Survival instructor, a baby can be introduced to the water at as young as 6 months old. As a water safety expert and Infant Aquatics Lead Instructor, I encourage enrolling your baby in a swim skills class at an early age. In these classes, infant can learn to float, hold his breath under water, and even propel himself a short distance through the water.

Learn more about introducing your infant to the water by watching this short water safety video tip:



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