As summer gets rolling strong now for our learners and their families, water safety is on my mind. Here are some tips from the American Red Cross:
- Learn to swim. There are multiple courses offered by organizations and certified individuals in our area.
- Always swim with a buddy and never alone.
- Swim in areas supervised by adult swimmers (lifeguards at public pools, lakes, and beach swimming areas).
- Read and obey all the posted rules and signs, especially at the beach.
- Watch out for the dangerous “too’s” — too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.
- Set water safety rules for the whole family based on swimming abilities.
- Be knowledgeable about the water environment you are in and the potential hazards (shallow or deep, riptides, etc.).
- Pay attention to local weather forecasts and conditions (summer storms and lightening in particular).
- Only dive when the area is clearly marked for it.
- Know how to prevent, recognize, and respond to water emergencies. Being proactive versus reactive goes a long way to ensuring everyone’s water safety and a fun time!
We want our LME family and learning community to have a safe summer filled with all those activities (water in particular) that bring JOY. It’s time to splash into some safe water fun today! 🙂