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Bucks swim group promoting water safety

Parents are being urged to teach children water safety, especially as the weather warms up.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:50am 20th May 2020. 3-minute read.

Bucks swim group promoting water safety

On what is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far, a Buckinghamshire swimming group want safety to be remembered. 

Water Babies Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire run swim classes for under 5 year old usually, but beyond this they also teach water safety to parents and children. 

As pools are closed the group are keen to make sure the lessons on staying safe in water are still being shared with parents and little ones. 

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Tamsin is the owner and director of the group said it is vital parents understand the risks:

"They need to be aware of safety and the environments they are in. So, if they are in the bathroom and the children are playing in the bath, and we do actively encourage activities like this, that children can slip.

"I don't want to put fear into parents but it is an awareness that safety is really important and that you can teach very young children concepts of safety."

In the garden

  • Wasp stings and insect bites - check paddling pools, sandpits and sun protection tents for any unwanted visitors  
  • Paddling pools  - make sure the pool is completely shaded and test the water temperature before letting them in, checking it isn't too hot or cold. For older children who need less help, get them into the habit of always asking permission before getting in the water and only let them in when there is a responsible adult present. When the splashing is over for the day, drain the pool completely and turn it upside down.  
  • Hose pipes - water left in these can warm up and be extremely hot when next turned on, check the temperature of water coming out before having fun splashing or filling a pool.

In the bathroom

  • Bath - drain completely after finished and the same with the sink
  • Floors - mop up slippery floors 

Out and about

  • Canals / streams - keep little ones away from open water

Tamsin says:

"There's so much pressure on parents right now, especially via social media, to learn a new skill, redecorate the entire house or bake up a storm in the kitchen. But the most important thing is to keep your little ones safe.

"The best thing about my safety steps is that each takes very little time at all to implement but can make all the difference in the long-run. Just remember, the most important thing right now is that your children feel reassured, loved and safe. Everything else is simply a bonus." 

The group are also sharing tips on ways to teach swimming methods at home so parents and little ones dont miss out during this time.

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