5 Winter Water Safety Tips
I partnered with Goldfish Swim School to bring you this post about winter water safety, all opinions are my own.
Swimming can be fun and a great way for your child to exercise their energy throughout the week, but swimming can also save your child’s life.
If your child doesn’t know how to swim yet, I highly encourage you to enroll them in swimming lessons as soon as you can. Learning how to swim is an important skill that children should learn at an early stage.
It is rare that children would go swimming during the winter, because of the extreme weather. But there has been situations where children are outside playing on what they think is a frozen lake when all of a sudden a crack forms and they fall into the ice cold water!
To keep your child safe this winter, I’ve teamed up with Goldfish Swim Schools to provide you with some winter safety tips that will benefit you and your child.
These winter water safety tips are from Chris McCuiston who is the CEO & Co-Founder of Goldfish Swim School where my son is currently enrolled in swimming lessons.
5 Winter Safety Tips
1. Stay off of Unfamiliar Ice
Unless a lake or pond has been designated for skating and is certified for thickness and safety, stay off of the ice. Never walk on rivers or retention ponds, and remember that ice thickness can change on different parts of the water, and can be affected by conditions over night.
2. Have an Emergency Plan
Plan and practice what to do if someone falls through ice. Teach children not to panic if they fall through the ice; slow, calm movement helps retain body heat, which is critical as the body loses heat more than 30 times faster in cold water than cold air. Call paramedics right away even if the child appears OK. Learn infant and child CPR. Keep rescue equipment, a phone and emergency numbers nearby.
3. Ensure Adult Supervision is Present
Children shouldn’t play outside alone. A drowning child usually cannot cry or shout for help, so never turn your back on your child around water, including ice. Assign a designated watcher so there are never questions about which adult is responsible for watching the child. Also, establish a buddy system with one or more friends and have them look out for one another.
4. Make Swim Lessons a Priority
As young as four months old (or when they establish head and neck control), enroll children in swim lessons. Teach children water acclimation and aquatic survival skills designed to help them survive should they reach the water alone.
5. Have Conversations with Caretakers and Kids
If your child goes to a friend’s house to play, ask the adult what kinds of activities they will engage in, and specifically, if they will be around water/ice, and make sure the children are supervised. When traveling to relatives’ and friends’ homes, they may not understand the importance of keeping gates closed, doors locked, etc. Start a conversation with your kids about water safety and share tips with them about what to do if they fall into water.
These winter safety tips are so important and they are a great way to keep your child safe during the winter season. Adult supervision is so important when your children are outside playing and having an emergency plan can safe your child’s life in case something like this happens.
Swim lessons are important for children and they are a great way to teach your child basic swimming skills that can benefit them at any age.
Goldfish Swim School offers swimming lessons for children 4 months and older, with highly qualified teachers that will make sure your child is learning how to swim and having fun every step of the way!