Summer Swim Safety- Set the Guidelines

By Michelle Segna- Aquatics Department Head at Life Time Fitness Parker-Aurora
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Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. Summer is a great time of year to relax by the pool and swimming can be a fun and engaging  activity to enjoy with the whole family. Unfortunately, drowning is a real danger as each year more than 1,000 children under the age of 14 drown. This summer, keep your kids and yourself safe and healthy.

At Life Time, swim safety is a year round priority even before the outdoor pools are open. To help ensure kids are safe during the summer, enroll them in swim lessons so they can master the basic swimming and safety skills. For parents looking for the best swim lessons for their kids, the Life Time "Smarter Swim School" will keep your kids progressing with little delay between levels.  Life Time’s interactive instructional approach utilizes warm water, zero-depth entry, in-pool benches, islands and floatation tools that help children transition from instructor support to independent movement. This approach familiarizes children with the water, connects them with their instructors, enables independent skill development and propels them forward to become strong, confident swimmers on their own.

Once the pools are open, there are some steps you can take before even entering the pool to prevent injury or illness. Take a shower with soap before entering any body of water, always wash your hands after using the restroom and make sure children under the age of three always wear a snug fitting plastic pant over their swim diaper to prevent pool contamination.

Keep in mind these swim safety tips as well:

  • Designate a meeting spot using a brightly colored towel to meet at regularly.
  • Take breaks at least every two hours to rest, rehydrate and reapply sunscreen.

Don’t mistake water wings, flotation devices or life jackets for safety. At Life Time we use the 25:10 rule. If a child cannot swim 25 meters without assistance a parent should be in the water within 10 feet at all times to prevent drowning. Lastly, enjoy the pool! Swimming is great exercise. The top benefits of swimming include a great total body workout, increased cardiovascular conditioning, low risk of injury and great for injury recovery, and improved flexibility, posture and balance. Swimming also surpasses limitations set for other sports – age, availability, serious illness and/or injury.