Swimming Safety

The weather is beautiful and our students have started to splash and swim. While we are enjoying their beautiful smiles we are also working hard as a staff to be sure everyone is staying safe. The staff have been reviewing a number of articles and we thought it would be wise to share a few of  them with our blog readers as well.

Perhaps the most helpful article was one called Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning by Mario Vittone. In short, it highlights the fact that drowning “does not look like most people expect. There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind.” This is an important reminder of how essential it is to supervise carefully. Even at pools that have lifeguards, it is our job as caregivers and parents to keep a close eye on the children we are with. The article includes a list of what we should watch for including floating without using legs, eyes closed or glassy, movement like climbing a ladder and trying to roll to back.

News articles have also highlighted dry drowning http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_drowning and delayed drowning. Essentially, it is important to remember that if something doesn’t seem right, we need to head to the doctor. Sometimes a “close call” can cause damage to the lungs and therefore cause an individual to experience severe symptoms well after the incident.

The CDC offers this article which includes many of the details regarding water-related injuries. The article reminds us that supervision is an important part of keeping children safe while swimming. Enrolling children in swimming lessons and using life jackets are also recommended.

Please enjoy swimming safely this summer. We’ll see you at the pool!

-Heather DeWit, Director of Childcare and Education at LSSswimming girl

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