Summertime brings fun in the sun, days at the beach or lake, and pool outings! It’s a good time to brush up on water safety to help prevent any accidents that can happen around water.
Whether it’s at home, at summer camp, or on vacation, being safe in & around the water is such an important life skill.
For us, growing up near the beach & around the water means we learned it early, and we’re big believers in sharing that water know-how with the kids we teach too!
Not only is swimming a fin-tastic way to have fun & exercise, but a greater comfort and swimming skill in the water can also lead to wonderful experiences in nature, like snorkeling and scuba diving.
These are amazing ways to get to know the ocean and its animals more up-close and personal, which helps lead to care, appreciation, and conservation for the environment too.
So to help get their feet wet (ha!), we’ve created a fun infographic and printable coloring page that you can use to give kids a little refresher before their next splash in the pool or trip to the lake or beach.
It’s a great refresher for adults & teenagers too, and is info that can be truly life-saving to know.
For fun additions to your beach vacation or summer ocean week, check out our collection of books on Amazon that celebrate the ocean and its amazing animals!
If kids can read, you can have them read the infographic out loud to you (or their younger siblings or a classmate), and color in the coloring sheet (scroll down for the download). Before they go swimming next, you can have them recall the tips.
Of course, be extra cautious when kids are swimming in the surf at the beach — the waves & currents can be powerful and cause difficulty for even strong swimmers.
Download the Coloring Page:
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Here are the tips in text (taken from the infographic above):
- Learn how to swim. Take lessons and get comfortable in the water.
- Always swim with a buddy or an adult. NEVER swim alone!
- Enter the water feet first. Don’t dive until you know how deep it is.
- Follow pool safety rules. No horseplay!
- Check the weather. Leave the water & area IMMEDIATELY if you see lightning or hear thunder.
- At the beach, swim near a lifeguard & check the flags for conditions like rip currents, surf & dangerous sea life.
- Wear a life jacket when on a boat, and tell someone (who’s on land) your boating plan.
We hope this helps add to your beach, lake, and pool experiences this summer and beyond. Stay safe & have fun!
Eve & Rett (Everett) Taylor
Disclaimer: Always practice water safety when around water. You assume all risk. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, hot glue, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.