If your family spends the day at the pool like we do, then you’ve probably read a lot of articles about water safety or talked to other moms about how to keep kids safe around water. Our family loves being at the pool — whether it’s water slides, baby pools, you name it, my kids love water. When we lived in Tampa we got to the beach as much as we could, and now I wish we would have gone more. Thankfully, we have several very kid-friendly pools nearby, and the boys have loved splashing and playing outside this summer. It always amazes me how they can spend hours at the pool but only minutes on an activity I planned for hours, but that’s another story.
All that said, nothing is more sobering or important than water safety with kids. Recently there were several local families affected by drowning, and dry drowning articles keep filling up my newsfeed. It’s been enough to make me want to avoid the pool altogether honestly. Water accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and with two small kids, I want to always make sure that a fun family activity like swimming is measured with all the necessary precautions to keep my boys safe around water.
The boys have been doing swim lessons now for several months, and their improvement is remarkable. But nothing takes the place of parental supervision and safety precautions when it comes to water safety. I took it upon myself to ask Lisa Armitage, owner of Goldfish Swim School, questions I had been wondering about water safety, which also may have been top of mind for you.
Know that floaties, noodles and plastic inner tubes do NOT protect against drowning. They are created as water toys, not life-saving devices. Remember that lifejackets and other floatation devices do not replace the involvement of a parent or guardian. That being said, lifejackets can be essential water-safety tools when used in addition to adult supervision, but be sure to check that they are U.S. Coast Guard-approved.
Can you explain “dry drowning” and what are the symptoms?