Even though we’re stuck indoors the weather is getting sunnier and the kids are getting even more restless for new activities. The pool could be just the answer to keep everyone from going stir crazy. Before you and your family jump in though be sure to keep these safety tips in mind!
- It may have been a while since your children last swam.
Depending on your situation your child may not have been swimming since as far back as last summer or as recently as last month. Don’t overestimate their abilities though. Taking time off lessons will make their skills a little rusty. Start slow and re-evaluate their safety and confidence before going into the deep end.
- Don’t forget to hydrate and watch the time
After being inside all day your family is going to want to soak up the sun as much as possible. It can be all too easy to let time slip by when you’re having fun. Stay hydrated by keeping a water bottle handy and drinking consistently throughout the day. Keeping water on hand always will make it easier to remember.
- Always have a designated watcher
Always remember to have a designated adult with eyes on the pool. Water is lots of fun but can become dangerous very quickly. If you want to get some work or chores done while the kids play, leave a responsible adult in the pool area to watch. Never watch from a distance or leave an older sibling to monitor instead.
- Check your pool has been properly maintained.
Double check your chlorine levels and the condition of your pool before getting in. Inspect edges for broken tile, diving boards for stability, and slides for cracks. Without consistent use you may have missed a safety issue or two caused by the elements.
The time you spend in the water should be safe and relaxing for the entire family. We hope these tips help you achieve that and we can’t wait to see you back at Waterloo soon!