May is National Water Safety Month: Share These Top Water Safety Tips with Your Family

May is National Water Safety Month: Share These Top Water Safety Tips with Your Family | Kathleen McMordie Infant Aquatic Survival Expert Katy TexasMay is National Water Safety Month, a month to recognize the beginning of swim season and to share important water safety and drowning prevention tips with families. This month is a great opportunity for your child to review water safety guidelines and participate in swim safety activities to ensure their safety this season.

Some great swim safety activities and guidelines include having your child take the Pool Safely pledge or Safe Swimmer pledge, to promise to never swim alone in the water or near drains or suction fittings, to always dive feet first into the water, and to obey the safety rules at all times, whether at a pool, beach, or water park.

One of the best ways to prevent drowning and ensure safety in the water all year long is to enroll your child in a learn-to-swim program or swim survival program. This equips them with the basic skills to use in the event of an emergency or accidental plunge in the water.

Tune to the video below as I walk through the essential water safety and drowning prevention tips to share with your family and friends for safer swim sessions this season:

For more information on water safety and drowning prevention, please visit the PoolSafely.gov and the National Water Safety Month website.

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Essential Water Safety Tips To Prevent Accidental Drowning This Season

Proactive Water Safety Tips for Preventing Accidental Drowning | Kathleen McMordie Infant Aquatic Survival Expert Katy TexasSwim season is upon us, and I would like to share some important information regarding drowning and water safety to keep families safe this season. Unfortunately, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1-4 years according the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The World Health Organization refers to drowning as a “leading killer,” claiming the lives of 372,000 people every year.

While drowning ranks among the top 10 leading causes of death for children and young people across the world, it is completely preventable.

To reduce the risk in your home, keep a close eye on children when in and around water at all times and enroll them in a learn to swim or swim survival program. Swim survival programs such as the Infant Aquatic Survival program can save a child’s life in the event he or she takes an accidental plunge in the water. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)’s water safety and drowning prevention site, Pool Safely.gov, is a great resource for families to review.

Tune into the video as I review preventative water safety tips for drowning prevention this season. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Infant Aquatic Survival program, please contact me.

Helpful Tips for Teaching Your Toddler About Water Safety

Helpful Tips for Teaching Your Toddler About Water Safety | Kathleen McMordie Infant Aquatic Expert Katy TexasWater is everywhere and can be great fun for toddlers who love to make a splash in a pool or bathtub. No matter the type of water, however, water safety is incredibly important to learn, especially at a young age.

The Hard Facts

Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children between 1 and 4 years old. And it’s the third leading cause of injury-related death for children 19 and under, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Another hard fact: Teaching children, especially toddlers, the importance of water safety is no easy feat. I have gathered a few useful water safety resources to help parents and guardians convey important water safety and drowning prevention guidelines to young ones, starting with:

Pool Safely Activity Sheet

Pool Safely is a terrific place to gather useful water safety and drowning prevention information, whether you are a parent, guardian, or residential pool owner. This site is full of videos, brochures, tip sheets that make it very easy to take in important information for keeping yourself and your family safe. One of these resources is the Pool Safely Activity Sheet. Print out this helpful coloring sheet during coloring & craft time to engage your toddler while you talk to them about pool safety. This coloring sheet provides a visual reminder of essential water safety skills for your little one. You can download the Pool Safely Activity Sheet here.

Sort It Out

Provide images of safe and unsafe water skills and let your child decide the proper way to act around water. You can choose to print out these images from a computer, hand draw, or cut different components from a magazine. Safe examples can include a child that is walking instead of running near a pool or a young child with a parent in the pool. Some unsafe examples might be a child swimming alone without an adult present or a swimmer diving into a shallow area of water. Allow your child to sort the images and determine what is safe and what is not. Then, go over pool safety practices after sorting is complete.

Pretend Play & Pledge

Pretend or dramatic play activities offer children the opportunity to practice important water safety skills without the danger of real water. Outline the floor with blue tape or set out a blue blanket to indicate a pool, beach, or lake. Teach your child to look for you or a guardian before carefully getting into the “water” and to never run near the blue area. After he or she has reviewed this and other important water safety guidelines, you and your child can take the Pool Safely pledge together. Say the pledge out loud and have your child do the same to finish out play time!

Practice Makes Perfect

According to the Lifesaving Society, the majority of backyard pool-drowning victims under five years old were alone when they took an accidental plunge in the pool. This is why it’s important for parents and guardians to provide supervision at all times without a second to spare. In the event that a child does fall into the water and supervision is not present, the Infant Aquatic Survival program, a program that focuses on survival swimming and the roll-to-back-float method, can save his or her life. Tune into the video below to learn more about the Infant Aquatic Survival program:

As an Infant Aquatic Survival Expert, I’m here to answer any of your questions regarding this program and other ways to keep your child safe this swim season. Please feel free to contact me.