As Britain basks in warm weather, SPATA encourages parents to ensure their children swim safely at home and abroad.
With temperatures on the rise this month and the summer holidays just around the corner, British parents are choosing to spend family time entertaining their children outdoors at water venues, such as public pools, lido’s and water parks.
Swimming is an easy and fun way for families to spend time together and keep active and it is an excellent way to encourage children to be sporty and fit from a young age. However, being more active in the pool also means being more safety conscious, whether it is in your back garden, at your local pool or on holiday abroad.
Suggestions for safety in and around the pool:
1. Learn to swim
2. Always supervise children in and around the pool
3. Only dive into water that is designated for this purpose
4. Ensure family and friends know what to do in an emergency
5. Never swim in unsupervised areas such as old flooded quarry pits, rivers, canals and reservoirs.
Five Essential Safety Items for Children:
- Buoyancy aids are designed to give a degree of independence, but these must be used under strict supervision. Available as arm bands, swim vests and float boards.
- Baby swim seats let the baby sit supported in the water, so that they are able to kick freely.
- Costumes with pockets that contain removable floats designed for children 30 months and over.
- Swim shoes protect children’s feet from slipping on wet floors or stubbing toes against the edge of the pool.
- One-piece water suits for children; give young skin a protection factor of 50+ wet or dry.
In the summer months, spending a full day by the pool is a wonderful way to enjoy time with your family, but be aware of the effects of the sun. Use waterproof sun lotion and ensure that young children are covered up. Watch out for signs of sunstroke and make sure everyone drinks plenty of water and spends time in the shade.
The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) , provides consumers with a trusted source of information on swimming pool ownership with direct links to its members and free consumer guidance resources via www.spata.co.uk. SPATA members are committed to providing customers with a first-class service.
The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA ) and The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) are the respective trade associations for swimming pools and hot tubs / swim spas in the UK, setting the standards for contractors and suppliers.