However, as we all know, we should never leave our little bubbles unattended - whether in a bathtub, ornamental fish pond, lake, swimming pool, spa, river or at the beach. If you follow our 5 safety tips to make sure your little water bubble stay safe while having fun this summer - you can enjoy those memorable family moments to the fullest!
1. Teach your children to swim
A lot of places offer special swimming courses for infants from 3 months of age, where parent and baby get to enjoy the water together. Sharing water time with parents from this age, is a great way to establish feelings of comfort and joy in connection with water. Toddlers can start having swimming lessons as young as 2 or 3 years old. From this age they have developed the motor and synchronization skills necessary for learning how to swim. Lessons like this are all about getting comfortable with having the head underwater, learning the initial leg kicking movements and floating on the back. There are plenty of great articles online summing up expert knowledge about the best, safest & funniest ways to teach your child how to svim.
Meanwhile kids can also become familiar with and confident in the water by using floating devices, when playing at shallow and calm spots.
2. Invest in proper-fitting flotation devices
When it comes to floatation devices, life vests are always a great precaution. They keep the child afloat so they can focus on learning the proper movements of swimming - or just on having fun.
When selecting a floatation device or swim vest, it is important to determine the purpose of the device. If it is meant for recreational purposes in safe and controlled environments with constant supervision, devices like the WhipperVest are perfect. The WhipperVest supports swimming and acts as impact protection. It furthermore makes every kid look extra classy at the local beach scene.
Most vests, like the WhipperVest, features a safety lock that ensures that the vests stays put whenever the kid is in the water. It is the perfect swimming assistants for your little beach bullet.
If, on the other hand, you want the device to add an additional layer of safety, to ensure your kid stays safer in the water, you need to look for devices that are approved by the United States Coast Guard (USCG), ensuring that the device it safety enhancing. )
No matter what - make sure you choose the proper size and check weight recommendations on the label so the vest fits snugly and feels comfortable.
3. Protect your children from the sun
The sun radiates light to the surface of the earth, and that light is made of invisible UV rays. When these rays reach the skin, we experience tanning, burning and in worst case skin damage. Children are more sensitive to sun and heat than adults, so if you love taking your little fish to sea, avoid direct exposure to the sun, especially with younger children. Very young kids have thinner skin and less of the protective chemical melanin in the skin, and therefore burn faster and easier than older kids and adults. For children up to six months that can't tolerate the chemical components in most sunscreen products, clothing and sun hats are the best choice. It's also a good idea hitting the beach before 12am or after 3pm, when the sun and UV radiation is not at it's highest. Even though we hardly have to mention it, remember sunscreen and reapply often.
Numerous articles walk you through the step-by-step best ways to protect your small ones against the sun, the best sunscreens to wear and where to by protecting clothes.
4. Keep them hydrated
Because kids are always active they sweat a lot, even in the water. They easily get dehydrated, so make sure they get plenty of liquids during a hot day on the beach. Water is the number one defense against heatstroke and heat exhaustion because it keeps the body temperature down. Luckily kids usually feel their thirst and ask for water themselves - but if they are having fun, they might forget. Have them drink a cup to one and a half of water 40 minutes before you take off to the beach. If it's a hot day and your kid is playing hard under the sun, have them drink another cup of water every half hour. That will keep them hydrated and energetic during the day. Fruit also contains lots of water and is a great source of vitamins and energy for a fun day.
5. Choose the right spot and the right conditions
If you plan on introducing your kid to water sports like windsurfing, choosing the right spot is essential. Kids windsurf is all about about calm weather and protected water areas - it’s about having fun.
To begin with you just need a small area of water. It can be a pond, an outdoor swimming pool or a harbour. The great thing about framed areas, compared to the big, open ocean, is that they can’t physically sail away. If you do not have an area like this near by, agree with the small sailor that they can’t cross a specific point or tie a long leash to the board. The wind should be light so the kid feel in control of both sail and board.
If you follow these simple precautions presented here, you will be able to lean back, relax and enjoy watching your kids first shark impression Olympic dive or windsurf session.
💦🐳🌤 That's all for now sweet Whipper. MAHALO for reading 🌤🐳💦