Tips For Children And Open Water

The attorneys at The Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC have put together some useful safety tips regarding children and open water…

  • Actively watch children when they are in or around open bodies of water give them your undivided attention. Take turns with other adults and appoint a designated “water watcher”
  • Sign up your child in swimming lessons after age 4 this is usually the earliest they are likely to practice and retain the information. Teach children how to tread water, float and stay up by the shore
  • Make sure kids swim only in the areas designated for swimming
  • Teach your children that swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool; they need to be aware of the uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather
  • Do not let kids operate personal watercrafts like jet skis. These are to be used by adults and require special training
  • Teach your children not to dive into oceans, lakes or rivers because you never know how deep the water is or what might be hidden under the surface of the water
  • You should learn infant and child CPR and also keep a phone nearby in case of an emergency

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