With holiday season fast approaching, we asked expert coach and Mum, Annie Emmerson to share her top tips for keeping your children safe around water.
There are so many different types of float aids for children but you can’t beat good old fashion armbands. If you’re in any doubt about your child’s swimming ability keep the armbands on when in the water and near the water at all times. In every case, never leave children unsupervised.
It may be more easily said than done, but try to teach your children not to panic if they find themselves in a challenging situation in the water. Often children are more than capable of getting out of a tricky situation in the water but then panic, which makes breathing and swimming all the more difficult. Don’t be afraid to talk to your children about the possibility of something going wrong in the water, they are more likely to save themselves if they have the tools to deal with it.
Get in the water with your kids! Spending time in the water with your children will not only mean it’s more fun for them (and you) but you can also add to the learning journey of making them safe and stronger swimmers!