Swimming season is underway in the Ottawa area. Making sure your kids have their swim lessons is essential for their safety, but lessons alone are not enough.
Never expect a child to be drown proof, even if they are on the swim team. If your child is not a competent swimmer…arms length supervision is recommended. Don’t rely on floaties, but get approved life jackets when children need flotation devices.
Even if your child is a confident swimmer they should never swim alone. Always have another competent swimmer with them or adult supervision.
Infant swim lessons are not drowning prevention exercises. Between 1-4 yrs children are developing their water competency. Over 4 yrs old lessons are a good idea, concerns overconfidence remain. People underestimate their risk, and overestimate their ability. 10 people die from accidental drowning each day.
Knowing about the water is important as well. Water temperature and underwater objects can also be factors. Pool swimming does not mean you are an expert swimmer in ocean waves and currents. Supervision is important , but so are barriers and pool fences.
Have fun in the water this summer, but keep an eye on the little ones.