Whether vacationing on a beach in California, staying at a hotel with a pool, visiting relatives or friends who own pools, taking a tubing trip down a river or boating on a lake… water safety must be practiced wherever water is present!
Vacation Water Safety Tips
Here are some simple water safety tips to follow when planning your next family vacation:
Check out the pool before you swim and answer these questions:
Is the water clean and clear? Where is the deep end? Is there a lifeguard on duty? Where is the rescue equipment, and how is it used? Where is the phone, and can you dial out directly?
Enforce the same safety rules you use at home, take time to explain the importance of following these same rules to your children
If the water is shared by boats, be visible; have your child wear a bright colored swim cap, stay close to shore, and actively watch for boats
Know what is in and under an open water area; find out about hazards such as marine life, parasites, currents, drop-offs, very cold water, or submerged objects; enter all unfamiliar water feet first
Know what to do if your child falls in the river, go downstream immediately to position yourself to help
Never allow children to swim unsupervised in a hotel/motel pool; never assume someone else is watching your child
When boating, wear a Coast Guard approved lifejacket; when planning boating events, make sure to pack a lifejacket for each person, children are required to wear a lifejacket at all times in a boat in many states; bring along other items that float such as cooler, cushions, etc.
When staying at a relative or friend's home, look for possible water hazards (pools, ponds, buckets, bathtubs, toilets, dog bowls, etc.)