Safe Swimming For Families With Kids Who Live On A Lake
Swimming and water games are part of lake life. If you and your family like to swim in the lake here is a check list for keeping kids safe.
- Use the Buddy System: While it may be OK for you to go down to the lake for your morning swim, the same doesn't apply to kids under 16. Adult supervision is a must for young children, and the adult should be in the water with them. This is a special bonding activity for parents and kids and will help your young child become more confident in the water Do not put a child in charge of a child.
- No diving into unknown waters and no diving in less than 10 feet of water.
- Children should go through formal swimming lessons and learn to be safe and competent in and around the water. Children are usually ready for formal swimming lessons around age 4 but should become familiar with protected waters early.
- Put a set of dock rules into place: Make list of rules for you and your family to adhere to. Be very clear and post the swimming rules right at the waters edge or on your dock. Here are some suggestions:
- No showing off
- No running on the dock
- No swimming without a buddy
Here are some fun games to play in the water: Marco Polo, racing, volley ball, splash contests, and diving contests.
Stay safe and have fun!