This post is sponsored by Emler Swim School for Water Safety Month, all opinions are my own. Psst, there may be affiliate links in here.
May is Water Safety Month, fitting as Summer is approaching and the pools and splash pads are getting ready to open for fun. With that fun comes big responsibility because there are many dangers when enjoying water activities with little ones. There are some truly sad statistics out there about children and water related accidents.
“DROWNING KILLS MORE CHILDREN THAN ANYTHING ELSE BUT BIRTH DEFECTS.”
National Drowning Prevention Association Conference, 2015.
Since we spend a great deal of time around water year round. The Mister and I felt that it was crucial that JDub learn skills that would help him be safer while in water. We started classes at Emler Swim School when JDub was just 3 months old and we still love it. He is learning so many valuable skills.
“Participation in formal swimming lessons is associated with an 88% decrease the risk of drowning among young children.” Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 2009
I wanted to share a few Water Safety Tips with you. Download this free printable to as an easy reference tool.
If you will be boating or on a large body of water this Summer remember that life jackets are suggested for all participants but required for children under 13 years old per the U.S Coast Guard. Check your state laws as some will have various age restrictions. When choosing a life preserver make sure that it fits properly.
#1 Check the manufacturer’s label to ensure that the life jacket is a proper fit for your size and weight.
#2 Make sure the jacket is properly fastened.
#3 Hold your arms straight up over your head.
#4 Ask a friend to grasp the tops of the arm openings and gently pull up.
#5 Make sure there is no excess room above the openings and that the jacket does not ride up over your chin or face.
We purchased this life jacket for JDub and it is perfect for little ones up to 30 lbs. Note that there is no flotation in the back of the vest to prevent him from being able to turn face down. He loves to practice floating on his back and resting his head on the head flotation.
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