Dive into Safety: A Water Safety Guide for Parents

Jul 20, 2023 | Parents, Community, Tips


Drowning is the second most common source of death in children ages 5 to 14, and the highest drowning rates occur in children ages 1 to 4, followed by children ages 5 to 9. There are an estimated 320,000 annual drowning deaths worldwide.

As parents, it’s crucial to prioritize water safety when our children engage in water activities. Whether they’re swimming in a pool, playing at the beach, or enjoying a day at the lake, being prepared with essential safety precautions and knowledge of first aid can make all the difference in keeping our little ones safe. In this article, we will explore key water safety guidelines and provide valuable information on first aid to help parents ensure their children’s well-being during water play.

Constant Supervision:

Never underestimate the importance of vigilant supervision. Watch your child closely when they are in or around water, ensuring your undivided attention. Drowning can occur silently and swiftly, even in shallow water. Avoid distractions like phones or conversations and remain within arm’s reach of your child at all times. Watch this video to see how quickly and silently a near-drowning or drowning can occur:

Swim Lessons:

Enroll your child in swimming lessons at a young age. Learning to swim not only builds confidence but also equips them with essential skills to navigate water safely. Encourage regular practice and never leave a child unsupervised, even if they are competent swimmers. Remember, swimming ability alone does not guarantee complete water safety.

Life Jackets and Floatation Devices:

When participating in water activities such as boating or being near deep water, ensure that your child wears a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. It’s essential to choose a life jacket suitable for your child’s weight and size. Additionally, inflatable toys and water wings are not substitutes for life jackets or proper adult supervision.

Know the Location & Educate about Potential Dangers:

Familiarize yourself with the water environment, identifying potential hazards such as deep areas, slippery surfaces, or underwater obstacles. Ensure children understand the boundaries and rules for safe water play. If your children will be around water with their babysitter, it’s important that they have taken a Babysitting Course that goes over water safety and first aid.  

Learn CPR and First Aid:

Being trained in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and first aid can be a lifesaver. Enroll in a CPR and First Aid Certification course like this one that is fully online. These courses provide valuable skills and knowledge on responding to emergencies such as near-drowning incidents, cuts, and injuries. Being prepared can make a significant difference in critical situations.

How to Provide CPR to a Child

  • Give 30 compressions
    • For a small child, use a one-handed CPR technique
      • Place the heel of one hand in the center of the child’s chest
      • Push down hard and fast about 2 inches at a rate of 100 to 120 per minute
    • For a larger child, place the heel of one hand in the center of the child’s chest, and place your other hand on top with your fingers interlaced
      • Keep your arms straight
      • Push down hard and fast about 2 inches at a rate of 100 to 120 per minute
      • Allow the chest to return to normal position after each compression
  • Give 2 breaths
    • Open the airway by tilting the head back, using the head-tilt/chin-lift technique
    • Blow into the child’s mouth for about 1 second
    • Ensure each breath makes the chest rise
    • Allow the air to exit before giving the next breath
    • If the first breath does not cause the chest to rise, it may be the tongue blocking the airway, so tilt the head back further and ensure a proper seal before giving the second breath. 
  • Continue giving 30 chest compressions and 2 breaths until:
    • You notice an obvious sign of life
    • An AED is ready to use
    • Another trained responder is available to take over compressions
    • EMS personnel arrive and begin their care
  • If they begin to show signs of life, immediately roll them on their side into the recovery position.  Once you have rolled them on their side, check to ensure their airway is open and leaning forward. This position is meant to keep their airway safe and prevent them from choking on any vomit.  Keep talking to them and provide constant reassurance.

Choosing Bright and Visible Bathing Suit Colors:

When it comes to water safety, the color of your child’s bathing suit can play a role in enhancing visibility. Opting for bright and vibrant colors, such as neon shades or contrasting combinations, can make it easier to spot your child in crowded or busy water environments. This increased visibility helps both you and lifeguards keep a close eye on your child’s movements.

Colors like orange, yellow, and pink will stand out the most underwater.  Take a look at this comparison chart to see how different bathing suit colors appear at the bottom of a pool.


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Water activities provide endless enjoyment for children, but ensuring their safety should always be the top priority. By implementing these crucial water safety measures and having a solid understanding of first aid, parents can minimize risks and respond effectively to emergencies. Remember to supervise attentively, learn CPR and first aid, communicate boundaries, use proper safety gear, and educate your child about water hazards. With these precautions in place, you can confidently let your children make a splash while keeping them safe and sound.

Author Bio:

The Babysitting Course is a 100% online course that prepares teens to take on the responsibility of child care. We teach skills for life with an emphasis on first aid training and basic safety and preparedness.  Recommended for ages 12-16+. For more information, visit thebabysittingcourse.com

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