“Okay boys and girls,” said Coach Campbell, “Who can tell me the different water places you can swim and play in?”
Nellie raised her hand and said, “You can swim in the ocean.”Jay added,”You can swim in a lake, a pond or even a deep mountain stream.” Bobby called out,” You can swim in a pool.”
“You are all right,” answered Coach Campbell. “Now let’s talk about being safe in these water areas.
First let’s talk about things we like to wear in the water that won’t keep you upright. They are fun, but won’t keep you safe. Here they are: Water wings, bubbles, and pool noodles .
What should you wear around the water? You need to wear a life jacket, that is U.S. approved, appropriate for your size, fits snugly and is the correct type for you, your age, and what kind of water you will be near.
For instance, children and teens should wear a life jacket any time they are on a boat, raft, using an inner tube or swimming in open waters like lakes, rivers or the ocean.
Children under 5 years old should also wear a life jacket while in or near water. This includes while they are on a beach or dock.
Children between the ages of 6 and 11 should also wear a life jacket while standing on docks and swimming or water play in a river. Why, because they could accidentally fall in the water from the dock. Rivers have currents that can push and pull you along. They can have deep spots that you don’t know about. One minute you are able to stand in shallow water and a few steps later you are in over your head. A life jacket keeps you safe if that happens.”
The “Can Dos” all had thoughtful looks on their faces. Coach Campbell could see that some of them had not thought about some of the things he was saying.
“We know there should be no running or fooling around near a pool, no diving , except where it says you can dive, and no holding one another underwater in a pool.
When we are at the ocean, we need to stay out of the water until a parent or other adult we trust can take us in the water. Waves can make it hard for children to stay upright. Wear a life jacket and only go in the water when the life guard is on duty and can see you.
Lastly, let’s talk about lake water swimming and play. Wear water shoes as they will protect you from sharp rocks and other things hidden on the bottom that can hurt your feet.
Swimming and water play are fun activities if we know how to keep safe. Don’t give your mom or dad a hard time about wearing a life jacket, or water shoes or making you observe water safety rules.
So be safe and have fun!”
Answers to Summer Safety Quiz
2. Prevent tick bites
3. Water, boating, or on a dock
5. When there is no lifeguard on duty
9. Tell lifeguard or other adult