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Water Safety: Having Fun and Staying Safe with Your Children!

I have been lucky enough to spend some time this summer by the lake at my cottage. Being by the water on a hot summer’s day is a great way to spend quality time with your family!


As you can imagine, for many years we had 8 (or more!) young children running around our dock. I found that sometimes by the end of the summer the "rules" seem to slip, and it became more important than ever to be vigilant about life jackets and other water safety rules.


The most important thing to remember about water safety is the fact that it is so  important to continuously supervise your children when they are around water. Young children and those who are not strong swimmers should always be wearing proper fitting, Coast Guard approved life jackets. Of course, you need to be sure to check the weight and size recommendations on the label, and then have your child try it on to make sure it fits snugly. For children under the age of 5, choose a vest with a strap between the legs and head support - the collar will keep the child's head up and face out of the water. Inflatable vests and arm devices such as water wings are a fun addition, however they are not effective protection against drowning if used alone.


The temperature of the water is important, too. Enter the water slowly by yourself first and make sure it feels comfortable before your child goes in. It is important that your child feels comfortable in and around the water so that they are open to learning more about water safety and how to swim through formal lessons.


As well, do not forget the sunscreen! Reapply frequently, especially if the children are going in and out of the water. UV sunglasses, hats, and protective clothing can also help provide sun protection while by the water.


As you will see from the pictures below, Baby Mac has two official "first water experiences"; first swim and first boat ride! I hope you are all enjoying the last few weeks of summer and remember to be cautious and stay safe when bringing your little ones in and around the water!