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Swimming Pool Safety for Kids at Summer Camp

swimming pool safetySummer camps are always fun for kids. They learn to grow independently, adapt new skills, make new friends and, most importantly, they learn social skills. At summer camp, kids are always kept busy with activities. Camp activities in which the kids participate are designed after much deliberation and are usually very safe. Even then, a lot of precautionary measures are taken. But a lot of parents have their instinctive anxiety about their kids’ safety, especially swimming pool safety. But, parents’ fears should not come in the way of what could be an excellent learning as well as a fun opportunity for their kids. Therefore, suitable precautions can be taken to avoid any mishaps in and around swimming pools.  

    1. Your first question to the camp authorities should be about the water filtration process and the type of chemicals they use to treat the water. Kids who are learning, and even the experienced kids, end up swallowing at least a little bit of water every time they get in the pool. Your child may be allergic to particular chemicals, which is why it is important to inquire about it beforehand.
    2. You should also inquire about the lifeguards assigned to the pool and their experience certificates. Ask the summer camp authorities about the swimming instructor’s experience and how many of them are deployed in the pool when a session is ongoing.
    3. Make it a point to check whether the instructors test your child’s swimming capabilities. Inquire about the size and depth of the pool. Your kid may have a phobia of depth, even without being aware of it.
    4. Ask the summer camp authorities how they deal with kids who have no swimming experience. Will they be allowed to use their floating tubes or arm tubes? Floatation devices are excellent safety mechanisms but should never be the sole safety measure. The presence of instructors and lifeguards is always required.
    5. Also ask what type of games the kids will be playing in the pool, the number of hours that they will be spending in the pool, whether or not the pool is heated and so on.

Important items to be packed in your child’s swim kit for their safety at summer camp:

  1. Swim Suit

You can buy fancy costumes for your kid. However, if your child is allergic to chlorine you may want to consider buying a new full-cover swim suit.

  1. Swimming Cap

A cap is very important for kids, especially those with long hair. Tell your child to tie their hair up before wearing the cap.

  1. Goggles

Goggles are an absolute necessity for kids playing games in the pool.  They not only protect them from inflammation when they are exposed to water, they also help them see better in water.

  1. Sun Protection

The risk of sunburns and allergies is high. Sunscreen protection is always an absolute must especially if your son or daughter’s skin is sensitive. Therefore, insist that they apply some all over before taking a plunge.

Thoroughly check the pool safety regulations before sending your child off to summer camp. And for extra precaution, make it a point to share the rules with them ahead of time.