Water Safety and how to protect your children
Laura Furiosi > 11 June 2018
According to the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report of 2017 (royallifesaving.com.au) 291 people drowned in Australia waterways. That is an increase from 282 from last year and 266 from the year before.
The top 3 drowning locations were rivers, beaches and ocean harbours. 25% of the drownings were from swimming and water recreation, 16% were because of falls into the water and 13% were from boating.
More worrying than that, there were an estimated 685 non fatal drowning incidents resulting in hospitalisation in 2016/2017.
Children drownings alone have increased by 32%. Falls into water account for the most drowning deaths for children under 5.
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
The question is, what can we as parents do about it, to help reduce this risk for our own children?
There is a wonderful blog by Mom Loves Best which you can read here - . https://momlovesbest.com/health/swimming that details many many ways that we can help make sure our children and others around them do not become part of those numbers.
1. Firstly you must at home make sure your pool or other water access points are CHILDPROOF
3. Be aware of where your child is at all times
Kids are so excited about being at the beach or near water they may not always be thinking about their own safety.
You need to know where your child is at all times.
You need to be within arms reach to assist them if they get stuck, caught or go under.
If supervising a bunch of kids, make sure there is one designated parent who is in charge of watching. Sometimes parents all assume someone else is watching and this is when trouble can occur.
4. Get them swimming lessons
In places like Australia where there is a pool in most backyards and beaches everywhere, it is so important that your child knows how to swim.
Alot of learn to swim schools teach the basics of water survival to babies and toddlers to start.
Make sure they know how to fall in and hold on to the side and call for help
Make sure they learn how to float and get back to the pool steps or edge.
Check that your swim school is accredited by the right authorities.
Check out http://www.swimaustralia.org.au/ to find the best swim school near you.