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:
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.
- Take a CPR class through your local hospital, community center, or school. Worst case scenario, use these drowning CPR instructions or review this video.
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.