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!

What are your favorite tips for Winter Water Safety?

17 Responses to “5 Winter Water Safety Tips”

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    Pinkoddy — January 17, 2017 at 9:56 am

    These are great tips and I am a firm believer in the importance of children swimming young. Mine all went as soon as they had their first immunizations. I am going to show my 9 year old this as I keep telling him to stay away from frozen ice but he wont listen and could just see him trying a lake or something stupid!

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle — January 17, 2017 at 11:54 am

    We live in Georgia, so the main winter water safety tips is just not to fall in. It’s not cold enough for even FINDING ice to walk on.

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    Paula Schuck — January 17, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    My biggest tip to everyone in the northern climes, and especially to my family is to STAY OFF THE ICE! Even up here in Canada, the ice is sometimes too thin. You really have to know where you are and what the water is like.

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    Debra Schroeder — January 17, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    You have to be so careful of any water during the winter, but up here in the Chicagoland area, where it gets REALLY cold, you have to be even more vigilant. It can kill a person quickly.

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    Heather Pfingsten — January 17, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Okay, a little truth, this has always been terrifying to me even though we don’t live by water. However, we are in the process of building a home that is right next to a retention pond and suddenly this fear is very real. We have discussed it in great detail with our daughter, she has taken swim lessons, and there will be serious safety measures put in place before next winter. Thank you for this oh so important post.

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    Michelle Waller — January 17, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Living in South Carolina, we don’t usually get a lot of ice. However, my kids know do not walk on any ice until I can test it first. I think it’s good for kids to know ice safety, no matter where they live.

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    Eileen — January 17, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    These are great tips, especially for kids. Ice can be such a dangerous thing for them. Better safe than sorry!

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    Dina Demarest — January 17, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    I always made sure my kids had swim lessons. It’s so important for them to know how to swim. Even knowing this I had a son get caught up in a riptide. We had the riptide discussion again to remind them all. So scary.

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    Ann B — January 17, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Swimming lessons are so important for kids to have. My kids loved them when they were younger and I felt safer having them around water. These are great water safety tips.

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    Karissa @WithOurBest (@withourbest) — January 17, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    How important is it to be aware of these things even in the winter! You just never know when accidents might happen!

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    OurFamilyWorld — January 18, 2017 at 2:11 am

    We always have to be careful with children when swimming. More so during winter. These are very helpful tips.

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    melissa — January 18, 2017 at 9:12 am

    These are great safety tips for the water during the winter. We live near a lot of water so this is a great reminder to be safe, thanks for sharing!

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    Jennifer — January 18, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I always made sure that my kids knew how to swim before they were ever allowed to spend quality time in a pool. I wanted to make sure that they were safe.

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    My Teen Guide — January 18, 2017 at 10:38 am

    This is really helpful idea water safety! This is important to remember always.

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    Kathy — January 18, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    These are all very good tips. I always make sure my girls are always staying off the ice. You never know how slippery it really is.

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