Building a New Pool? Consider These Design Features for Added Water Safety

Building a New Pool? Consider These Design Features for Added Water Safety  | Kathleen McMordie Infant Aquatics Expert Katy TexasA backyard swimming pool is an ideal space for a family to build lasting memories. It’s a space where kids can enjoy playtime and parents can relax and enjoy the scenery. However, owning a pool is a huge responsibility and if you do own one, it’s important to safeguard it, especially if you have small children. Luckily there are several design features that are especially beneficial for keeping young children safe in and around the pool starting with:

 Beach Entry

Adding a beach entry to your pool is a nice way to have a nice “resort style “pool and provides the kiddos with an open play area that’s shallow. The gradual depth prevents startling any swimmers with drastic pool depth differences.

Safety Drain Covers

Safety drains, entrapments, and suctions are all potential hazards that can be very dangerous for small children. By installing pool drain covers, this prevents swimmers from getting stuck or entangled in these features.

Pool Fencing and Alarm System

When the pool is not in use and there aren’t any supervisors around, a pool fence comes in handy. A pool fence is the most common way to ensure safety, surrounding the entire pool area and is gate-locked and childproof. Additionally, many pool fences are designed with an alarm that alerts you of intruders.

Pool Cover

A safety pool cover is a crucial safety feature but note that this is different from a solar or winter cover for your pool. To be a pool safety cover, it needs to be able to hold a minimum of 485 pounds per square feet. Additionally, there are two types of safety pool covers: mesh and solid. Both types of covers are anchored with straps that attach to steel springs on a deck and are pulled to make taut over the pool. Make sure you have a least 2 or 3 feet of deck surrounding your pool so that you can screw down the steel strings in the deck to prevent toe stubbing.

Water Movement Alarm

There are many different types of pool alarms you can install around your pool. However, a water movement alarm is installed inside the pool that notifies you when the pool water has been displaced by an object greater than 18 pounds. A Safety Turtle Personal Alarm is an alarm sensor that can be worn by an individual. These are perfect for small children, pets, and seniors. If an accident occurs, the alarm will immediately sound to the base station.

Owning a pool is a great investment for your home and your family. And to make it safe for everyone, we encourage adding all or several of these features for added layers of protection.

The First Thing Every Baby Should Learn in the Water

The First Thing Every Baby Should Learn in the Water | Kathleen McMordie Infant Aquatics Expert Katy TexasWhen it comes to teaching swim lessons, learning the basics is essential for water safety and drowning prevention. The first and most important skill for any beginner swimmer to learn is floating on his or her back, also known as the “swim-float-swim” survival method in an Infant Aquatics swimming program.

The “swim-float-swim” technique is a life-saving skill that teaches babies to roll over onto their backs, float, and rest until help arrives. It’s an amazing skill to witness and the foundation for any other swimming skill.

Why is Floating Important?

Every swimmer should learn how to float in the water first. However, new swimmers often have a difficult time adjusting to floating. As land based mammals, we are accustomed to standing upright to find balance. This makes it difficult for children and even adults to get used to balancing on their backs in the water. On land, we are also accustomed to looking at a horizon to find our balance, which doesn’t work the same way in the water. When swimmers are first learning how to float, they’ll try to find that horizon, but that often causes them to sink. Hence, the feeling of falling or sinking when trying to float.

Although floating is a tricky skill to master, floating allows a child to feel more confident and safe in the water. Confidence in the water enables a child to continue to develop more complicated swimming skills.

About Infant Aquatics

Swimming lessons promote healthy, confident, and safer water environment for both parents and children. Babies can begin the Texas Swim Academy Infant Aquatics program as young as six months old, when babies are developing the head control necessary to perform basic infant water survival exercises. Six months is also an ideal time because that’s when babies are just beginning to become mobile, which means there’s a greater risk for him or her to accidentally fall or slip into the water. Each child in the Infant Aquatics program is safely guided by a motivated and certified instructor who provides one-on-one attention. To learn more about the Infant Aquatics program, tune into the video below:

Studies Show the Widespread Benefits of Swim Lessons for Kids

shutterstock_90607378-300x188No matter at what stage, swimming is a life skill that promotes healthy living and prevents drowning. However, did you know that there are some benefits other than the obvious that a child can acquire from learning how to swim? An extensive study done by the Griffith University of Educational Research discovered that preschoolers were able to reach developmental milestones much faster if they were learning how to swim. They found that participation in swimming lessons provided a 88% in reduction in risk of drowning in children under 4. In addition to this, children were able to improve skills like oral expression, literacy, numeracy. Parents noticed that swim lessons helped their children develop emotionally giving them more confidence  in themselves and with others in a social setting. Special needs children responded in a more profound way than any other kids their age. Since swimming provides a safe environment to learn and develop motor skills, swimming offered them the opportunity to develop their verbal communication in a more comfortable setting.

To read more about this study, take a look at this article from Happy Swimmers!