Children can submerge and silently drown in less than 25 seconds – just long enough for you to answer that text, like a few photos on Instagram or see what your friends have posted on Facebook. Drowning is the second-leading cause of death in children and there’s no question that distracted parents and guardians are a growing concern. When you are supervising your child in water, they deserve and require your undivided attention to ensure that they are safe.
At Russell Aquatics, we encourage early exposure to water to ensure that in the event of an accidental encounter with water, your child is able to float, swim or get to the edge of the water to ensure their safety. But what if your child is in the water and unable to swim? What if something happens where they are not able to help themselves?
There is nothing on your phone that could be more important than your child so make pool time a phone-free zone.
At a young age, we teach our children about the importance of being safe. We teach them not to run onto the street and to keep their fingers away from outlets. What often gets forgotten is the importance of teaching them to be safe in and around water. It’s not a matter of if your child will encounter water but when. Most children shy away from water. This is largely due to a lack of exposure during early years. At bath time, we avoid splashing water on their face and we panic when they go anywhere near a pool or lake. We recommend that parents start their children swimming early.
The truth is, it’s important that your child begins their swimming journey as early as possible. We offer free parent and tot classes for infants under six months to promote early exposure. This prevents children from developing a fear of water and makes progress much easier. We encourage parents to not shy away from getting water in their child’s face at bath time because it’s important to let your child know that water doesn’t have to be scary.
At Russell Aquatics, we begin teaching life saving water skills like back floats and swimming small distances at the age of two. Learning to roll onto their back to take a breath can allow them to reach the edge of the pool without assistance or extend the length in which they are able to swim at a time.
The water is an amazing place to have fun with your children this summer but it’s so important to remember water safety and be aware of the risks. You can never to be too safe in and around the water. Our main goal at Russell Aquatics is to teach our students (both young and older) to learn how to swim so that you will ALL have that skill when a situation arises that you need to know how. Approximately 500 Canadians drown each year. Even one drowning is too many! Read more “Tips for Water Safety and Drowning Prevention”→