With our hot summer, kids and parents can make great memories playing in the fun and sun at the beach or at the pool. It’s a great way for the entire family to play together, just be sure to follow these easy tips to keep everyone safe and happy:
- Review water safety rules with your kids before you go to make sure they know what to expect. Also, make sure there is a lifeguard on duty while kids are in the pool.
- Use a kiddie pool (if available) for young children who don’t yet swim, they can splash and romp in the water without being tempted to go to deeper water.
- Consider using a floatation device, floating jacket or any personal floatation device for small children.
- Instruct your kids not to swallow pool water as it only takes 10 particles of Cryptosporidium parasites to make them ill.
- Allow atleast 30 minutes after meals or snacks to allow food to digest and prevent stomach cramping.
- Always re-apply sunscreen often as tots’ skin is very sensitive and prone to burning. Use a higher SPF for fair-skinned children.
- Consider the use of rashguard for protection from the sun. It is better than using sunscreen, and another good reason to start them wearing long-sleeve rashguards at a young age is that they get used to this. You’ll see lots of boys at indoor swimming pools wearing them because that’s what they’re used to and they feel more comfortable in them.
- Keep hydrated. The power of the sun and activity in the water can cause dehydration.
- Stay in the water with your younger children, especially if they are not strong swimmers.
- After pool time, be sure to bathe to wash the chemicals off kids’ skin. Their sensitive skin can develop rashes or discomfort from pool play.
- Encourage kids not to play by the drain in the bottom of the pool. Because the suction can easily capture little fingers and toes.
- If possible stay away under the sun from 10am – 2pm as for which this time period is where the sun has intense heat.
- Let your kids play on pool with these child friendly games (for kiddie pools):
- Play Submarine Races – kids will hold their breath and see who can swim the longest underwater race.
- Invisible bottle – take an empty clear 2 liter plastic bottle (ideally plastic container from mineral water). One with a white cap, or the same color as your pool tiles is also a good idea. Fill the bottle with pool water and line the players up on the pool deck, backs to the water. When they hear the splash they can turn around and try to find it. It’s harder than it seems as the bottle camouflages to the bottom.
- Noodle Jousting (aka Tag of war in Pool) – like classic game of tag of war, they try to knock each other from their mount with pool noodles.
- Shark in the Pool – it’s like a hit game where a player will try to tag another player while he/she is under the water.
- Collecting White Ping Pong Balls – Ping pong balls make a great floating thing to catch since they’re light and hard to see. You can put numbers on them for point values.
- Treasure and Scavenger Hunt – this is a classic game where kids are collecting coins and other items under the pool;
Also it is also advantageous to have your kid to enroll at these classes:
- CPR class – Being able to respond to an emergency can save a life.
- Swimming lessons with a certified instructor – Kids will learn safety tips and proper technique for swimming and water survival. There are classes suitable for kids of all ages, even infants.
And there are the ways on how to keep safe while having fun under the sun this summer. If you have any other suggestions like joining fun run, camping and other summer fun activities you can comment below and let’s start the conversation.