Posted 12/06/2018 11:41:46 AM by Gordon Goldsmith

Vancouver has some of the best places in Canada to enjoy some summertime water fun. All that water is so inviting on a hot day, so how do you keep the kids safe when they make a dash for the waves? 

It’s a startling but true fact: drowning is one of the leading causes of preventable death in children. In addition to keeping a close eye on your children, it's important to follow these guidelines: 

  1. Always supervise children when they are near or in the water: in the pool or at the beach. The majority of kids who need to be rescued never intended to enter the water in the first place. 
  2. Be careful when swimming near strong currents in the ocean. It only takes a second to be swept away.
  3. Do not allow children to dive in headfirst unless they are properly trained and the water is deep enough.
  4. Ensure non-swimmers are always wearing a PFD when near or in the water.
  5. Never leave a child unattended in the bathtub. Drowning can happen in just two inches of water.
  6. Make sure children play with care and understand the dangers associated with water. Even the friendliest dunking game can be risky.
  7. Floatation devices aren’t a replacement for supervision. Make sure an adult is watching at all times.
  8. Be proactive and get trained on First Aid and CPR.
  9. If you have a swimming pool, make sure your children cannot get into the pool area by having proper fencing and a childproof gate.
  10. Life jackets have weight limits. Make sure your life jacket or PFD is comfortable and light, fits snug and does not ride above your ears. Not sure if it’s fitting properly? A YMCA lifeguard would be happy to check it for you. 
  11. Make sure the entire family learns to swim! There is no substitute for knowing how to swim.

The YMCA believes learning to swim is a critical life skill which is why we include swimming lessons with every membership. You don't have to be a child to take swimming lessons, as we have drop-in lessons for adults as well. 

Visit the membership services desk at your closest membership location for more information. 

Gordon Goldsmith

About Gordon Goldsmith

Gordon takes great pride in making popcorn and boiling water correctly. He is a family guy who likes to charge his cell phone in his free time. He is a marketer for the YMCA.

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