Water Babies’ Five Quick Tips For Parents

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Actively supervise young children around water

If leaving, even for a moment, take your child with you or designate a known adult to supervise. Make sure that the person supervising can swim themselves and will happily jump into the water to rescue a struggling child. Don’t ask older siblings to watch younger children – they’re not trained or mature enough to be given such a responsibility.

Be safety conscious at the poolside

Save the local emergency numbers on your mobile phone on the first day of your holiday and make sure your whole family knows where the rescue equipment and lifeguards are based.

Flotation devices are not life preservers

Toys and inflatables are often unstable and can be a hazard without adequate supervision. They are never a replacement for adult supervision.

Do not swim at beaches with large waves, a powerful undertow or no lifeguards

Find out where the lifeguards are and learn water symbols and flags indicating current beach conditions. Follow their advice.

Stay sober

Drinking can impair your supervision and swimming skills – especially when combined with the mid-day heat.


  1. Never, ever swim alone
  2. Never push or jump either in or around water – it might result in injury
  3. Never dive into water unless an adult has already tested the depth and checked for underwater hazards
  4. Before you swim, always ask what to do in an emergency and where to get help
  5. Always wait an hour after a meal before swimming


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2 thoughts on “Water Babies’ Five Quick Tips For Parents”

  1. Essential advice here MT, some of which is all too often overlooked… Our little bear is getting more and more confident in the water. She’s getting extremely close to swimming alone (unaided) and a few weeks ago wanted to go into the diving pool. Errr nope!! ;)

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