Wednesday, 20th February, 2019

Would you know what to do if your child was drowning?


We cannot stress enough at All Sorts how important swimming lessons and water safety is for your kids. In Australia drowning continues to be one of the most common causes of preventable death in children under five. This statistic shows that not enough is being done to stop our kids drowning and we simply aren’t prepared if the unimaginable happens.

Here are five tips for parents to bear in mind to protect and prevent your children from water-related death or injury.

1. Build a barrier.

Make sure that you restrict your child’s access to the pool through a properly installed fence that self-closes and self-latches and don’t get into the habit of propping it open when you have to do a few trips to and from the pool.

Almost 50% of pool drownings happen due to this type of carelessness or because pool owners failed to fix a faulty gate or fence. When we think about water safety we often only worry about inground pools but you need to consider anything that contains water around the house, no matter how shallow it seems. Inflatable pools with a depth of more than 300mm need to be fenced, covers should be put on your spa and tank, and water features and ponds need to be covered with mesh.

2. Learn CPR.

Knowing how to respond quickly and confidently if your child is drowning could be the difference between life and death. It’s also important to encourage your family and friends to learn CPR.

3. Supervise!

Drowning happens quickly and silently. It is very easy to get distracted by a million tasks on your to-do list but if your children are near water it is essential that they are watched at ALL times – an occasional glance over to them in between chores isn’t enough.

The 2015 Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report found that 81% of drowning deaths in children aged 0 to 4 occurred due to falls into water when adult supervision is lapsed or was totally absent. Supervised children don’t drown. Stay vigilant.

4. Enrol in swimming lessons.

Swimming lessons for kids not only ensure they are safe in water but also benefits their health and wellbeing. All Sorts Swim School is a fun and safe environment for your kids with expert instructors teaching people of all ages (ages 6 and up).

 5. Talk to your kids.

It’s important to discuss water safety with your kids and have firm rules in place about how to behave around water. Keep the conversation simple and clear, use stories to capture their attention and make sure you get them to repeat the messages back to you to show they understand. It might sound pedantic but repetition is key.

When we think of summers spent by the pool we can often ignore the real danger that water presents to young children. In NSW alone, pools have claimed 83 innocent young lives in the last 13 years.

The Royal Life Saving’s Be Pool Safe campaign is striving to reduce death and injury in our backyards. They have a home pool safety checklist you can use to ensure your pool is safe. Simple actions save lives. Be responsible and act.

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