This post is outside the range of our typical posts about raising bilingual kids. But the topic is important, and we want to share it now that summer is nearly here.

If you’re like our family, this summer you’ll be spending a lot of time at the pool, the lake, the splash park, the water park, the bath, or wherever else you can find a place to cool off. Here in Texas, we’ll be seeing our first 100+ degree day within the coming week, so you can bet we’ll be at the pool then–and probably every day thereafter. Top of mind for us, especially this year, is a list of swimming safety tips.

For the past year or so, we’ve encountered too many stories of tragic swimming or water accidents involving young children. We won’t go into any details here; those stories are not ours to share.

We simply want to do our part to remind parents that safety should be the topmost priority when swimming with preschoolers and toddlers.

We are not the experts in swim safety, however, so these swimming safety tips come from Safe Kids Worldwide:

  1. When children are in and around water, even as little as one inch of it, give them your undivided attention. This is no time to scroll through Facebook, take a phone call. or be otherwise distracted.
  2. Stay within an arm’s length of your child. A swimming accident can happen so quickly. Being as close as possible to your child allows you to react suddenly, should anything happen.
  3. Appoint an adult to be the “Water Watcher” in designated time increments, such as 10- or 15-minute windows. Water Watchers rotate throughout the swimming session. This method ensures that at all times, an adult is actively watching–and near–the child.
  4. Don’t rely on “floaties” and other swimming aids. They aren’t foolproof for preventing an accident and, unfortunately, can provide a false sense of security.
  5. Learn CPR. You can find classes at your local hospital, fire department and recreation department for either no cost or at a very low cost. Whatever the cost, though, it’s worth it. Older children should learn CPR as well.
  6. Enroll your child in swimming lessons. Get your child comfortable in water: treading, floating, and learning the strokes. Important: Even if you feel your child can swim, this tip does not replace any of the above tips. You should still be diligent in watching your child and staying close to him or her.

Note: The list above is not comprehensive or conclusive. For the full list of swimming safety tips, visit the Safe Kids Worldwide website.

Swimming is fun, but it can also be dangerous if care and precaution aren’t taken. We want you to have the happiest, healthiest summer possible, so please keep these swimming safety tips in mind while you’re at the pool or the lake–or even during bathtime. Feel free, too, to share this post with a friend who also has toddlers and preschoolers

Happy, healthy, and safe swimming this summer!

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