Top Tips for Summer Water Safety & Swimming with Kids

Whether you spend your summers swimming at the swimming pool, lake or beach - being up to date on water safety when you have kids is so important!

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What to do if a Child Falls into a Pool

  • Yell for help and check to see that you can safely help the child.

  • Get the child out of the pool and onto the pool deck.

  • Check for consciousness by tapping on them and shout, “Are you okay?”

  • If someone is with you, have them immediately call 9-1-1. If the child isn’t breathing normally, begin CPR and continue until emergency help has arrived.

  • If you are alone and the child isn’t breathing normally, begin CPR and call 9-1-1 after one minute. After the call, return to the child and continue CPR until emergency help has arrived.


Travel Tips

  • Before renting a home or condo for a vacation, ask if there are safety features or a gate surrounding the swimming pool area, prior to booking.

  • Discuss the types of water your child will be swimming in, whether it is a lake, river, ocean, pool, etc.

  • When on vacation, remember that your child is swimming in unfamiliar waters that may be colder, deeper, or darker than what they experience in swimming lessons.

  • Always wear a life jacket when rafting or boating.

At Home

  • Double check all restrooms

  • Never leave a child unattended in the bathtub for even a moment.

  • All wading pools and buckets in the yard should be drained immediately after use.

  • Make sure that all pools, hot tubs, and ponds have safety fences, covers, or nets around or on them.


  • All parents and caretakers should have an up-to-date CPR certification.

  • Always apply sunscreen 30 minutes before outdoor activities and reapply every hour.

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Sun Protection Tips

  • Be in the shade as often as possible.

  • Use an umbrella or wide brim hat to protect faces, ears, and necks.

  • Minimize direct sunlight between 10 am-4 pm; scheduling outdoor activities around those times.

  • Wear swim attire with UPF 50 or more.

  • Apply a minimum of SPF 15, half an hour before swimming.

  • Reapply sunscreen every 1-2 hours and after swimming.

  • Wear proper UV protectant sunglasses

If you have any questions about water safety with your kids this summer, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

Yours in safe swimming…

Love, Lynn

These tips were taken from La Petite Baleen where my kids go to swim!

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