Going to the beach or relaxing at the lake are some of our favorite pastimes. There’s the sun, the relaxation…and of course all the ways that you can have fun in the water. But it pays to be safe around the water, whether its a river, lake or sea.
According to the Center for Disease Control, about half of all drowning incidents occur in natural water settings such as lakes, rivers, or oceans. As the summer beach season begins, there are steps parents can be taking to keep their children safer in and around the ocean. Our friends at the United States Swim School Association has put together the following guidelines to make sure you can enjoy your day on the water safely.
- Create a beach plan with your children – There are a few entrances to the beach, choose one to have your kids meet you at in case you get separated. Introduce your child to the lifeguard located in the area where your kids will be swimming, and have them check in with you every 30 minutes at least.
- Pay close attention to your children – Even though there are lifeguards, the ocean is much larger than a pool and the water is much stronger.
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