Top Tips to Keep Your Children Safe in the Pool

List: Posted: 08/16/11

Swimming pools can be a source of great fun and excitement for children of all ages, but they can also be dangerous places.  Here, we examine some pool safety tips that will help you keep your children safe.  By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your pool is a place of fun and not a place where children are likely to be hurt.


One tip that is absolutely essential is to never allow children near swimming pools unattended.  Drowning can happen in the blink of an eye, and even a child who has had swimming lessons and knows how to swim can accidentally drown following a swimming mishap or poolside slip.  Installing a fence that keeps the home and pool separate, and that uses a latch out of reach to your child, can help prevent a large percentage of child-related accidents.


A great rule of thumb for children under the age of five, and even for older children who do not know how to swim, is to ensure that they are always within arm’s reach whenever they are in or near the swimming pool.  Always keep a rescue hook or a life preserver nearby in case of emergency, and ensure that there are life vests available for younger children. 


Keep all land and water toys out of the pool when not in use so that children do not fall into the water trying to reach them, and ensure that you secure the gate to the pool after swimming to keep children from getting in without your knowledge.  Use a lock and key and always hide the key, as most kids are extremely ingenious and will quickly find a way to lift a high-up latch or defeat a sliding lock.


Pool safety is absolutely crucial, but by following these tips it can also be easy to accomplish.

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    The mission of Potomac Swim School is to teach children to swim in a safe, caring, positive, and fun environment. With your help, we also strive to encourage the development of your children’s self-esteem, confidence, responsibility and love of the water. We recognize that each child is an individual with different emotional and developmental needs and abilities. We cater each lesson to those needs. Beginners will focus on water acclimation, floating and kicking skills. Advanced swimmers focus on the various strokes such as freestyle and backstroke, then progress to butterfly and breaststroke. Your swimmers will also learn valuable safety rules and survival skills. Warm Environment In the Water At Potomac Swim School you will find a facility that was built for the sole purpose of teaching swim lessons. Potomac Swim School has warm water, 89 degrees and warm air, 91 degrees. The temperatures are conducive to young children learning to swim because they are extremely comfortable. Our shallow pool is perfect for children to learn to swim. It gives them enough depth that they cannot touch the bottom, which aids in learning to swim, but we do use platforms in the pool on which they can stand when needed. PSS teaches children beginning at six-months old through 11-years old. Swim lessons taught at an early age benefit children with safety, water comfort and the development of gross motor, emotional, intellectual, and socials skills. It is fun and easier to teach children at an early age how to swim before they develop fear or apprehension of the water. With a focus on beginner swimmers, PSS continues to work with children whose skills advance to the refinement of such strokes as freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Each class level is specifically designed to provide age-appropriate instruction. Warm Environment Out of the Water Potomac Swim School prides itself on excellent customer service. In today’s world so much of our lives are rushed and customer service is often forgotten. Come in to our facility where you will be greeted with a smile and a hello. Sit down, relax and enjoy watching your children learn to swim from our parent observation room. We love interacting with your children in and out of the water. Most of all we love their smiles and hugs. All of our children deserve a smile from us as well. We are not trying to be the best in customer service in swimming; we are striving to be the best in customer service, period. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please let us know. PSS is centered around the following standards and values: health and safety, teaching according to the PSS curriculum, loyalty, dedication and confidentiality of our clientele, and sincere love and care for the PSS families.

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