Many pools are opening in time for the Memorial Day weekend and that means its time to remember the important swim safety tips provided to Five on 2 by the Dayton Area Red Cross.
Nick Gill is a swim instructor who helped walk us through the 5 things all swimmers and parents should keep in mind during the summer season. They include:
- Swim in a designated area supervised by lifeguards.
- Maintain constant supervision. Never leave a child unattended near water-not even for a minute. It takes less time than that to drown. And do not trust a child’s life to another child. Also, teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
- Make sure everyone in your family can swim well. Enroll them in Red Cross swim lessons.
- Have the appropriate equipment at your pool to be able to reach or throw in case of an emergency. Have a cell phone, first aid kit and life jacket available. Also, learn CPR and resuscitation breathing, and download the Red Cross emergency and first aid apps.
- Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.