This week on the podcast, we answer all your questions about water safety with Kidswim CEO & Master Swim Instructor, Lisa Cook. You asked and we answered!
We cover when’s the best time to introduce your child to swimming, the truths and misconceptions of dry drowning, how to deal with kids being afraid of the water, pool/ocean safety tips and pool toys. Whether you have a pool at home or visit the beach and/or community pool, you will takeaway tons of valuable information that will help your child (and yourself) become more comfortable with swimming.
A couple of key takeaways:
Every 6-month old baby is ready to begin swim lessons (yes, you heard right!)
Lisa always recommends mommy & me classes starting out
Dry drowning is super rare (phew!) but Lisa provides us symptoms and action steps you can take if you suspect your child is experiencing dry drowning: Keep an eye on them for at least an hour after getting out of the pool, if you see signs of weakness or a abnormally bloated abdomen- call your doctor.
Always keep a cup of water by the pool to prevent your child from dehydrating
Dealing with fears
Being afraid of bathing and the pool don’t always correlate
Start swim lessons without asking too much of your child. Ease them into it and don’t put too much stress on them.
Definitely stay away from dunking your child’s head into the water
Always keep a phone by the pool in case of any emergency & have a raft ready in case you need to pull someone out
Take a CPR class! It’ll make a huge difference. Here's a link to American Red Cross' CPR Classes in Los Angeles
When at the beach, use the lifeguard as a resource. Don’t shy away from them
Pool Toys/ Life Vests
Puddle Jumpers are the best option, like this one: Body Glove
When you and your child is recreationally swimming and you're deciding whether or not to put them into a puddle jumper or life vest, here's a good rule of thumb:
If you have an independent child: put him/her in it
If you're handling both a toddler & baby: put the toddler in it
If you're on vacation or at a pool party/ hotel where there is a lot of activity going on: put him/her in it
You don’t ever want to have them in life vests during swim lessons
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For more information about swim lessons, water safety or any other questions please feel free to contact Lisa and her team, here:
Pick or Tip of the Week
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