Safety is always Priority 1 with One with the Water
At One with the Water, we focus on providing safe and fun swimming lessons for kids and adults, with quality service. As part of our training, we continually study and complete certifications on first aid and CPR. We want to share with you our research that helps us to provide safe and effective swimming lessons to you and your child. The below brochures on safe swimming tips are from the American Red Cross.
- Make sure that everyone in the family has an opportunity to swim and enroll in courses specific to each individual’s conditions.
- Children must learn to ask for permission before going to swim in the water with a friend or someone else.
- Take proper care to supervise children around the pool or any open body of water.
- To ensure the safety of infants and toddlers, have them at most arm’s distance.
- Children are under 4 years of age are not prepared to swim alone.
- Playing in the water requires learning how to swim before doing it. Don’t put you or your child at risk for danger beforehand.
- Children must always be in proper swimming gear.
- Make sure to supervise children whenever they are in or near water.
- Make sure that children are never alone, they must be around adults or responsible individuals.
- Never let a child and believe that they are safe alone, because toddlers can drown under 2 inches of water.
- Beginning swimmers should always wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets when they first begin to swim.
- Never be under the influence of alcohol while swimming because alcohol can impair your ability to think and make proper decisions.
- Not knowing how to swim is not an excuse to drown while playing in the pool. Learn how to swim first at learning institutions, such as One with the Water.
- Only use U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation devices and life jackets, other forms likes floaties and water wings are not safe!
- Never run, jump, or push when in or around water areas.
- Use a swim diaper for kids that require diapers.
- Make sure the pool area is clean before swimming. We don’t want to attract dead insects!
- Use plastic bottles or other non-breakable containers for food and beverages when around a pool.
- Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before swimming so it stays intact in water.
- Do not place sunscreen near the eyes, it may burn or irritate them!
- The area around a pool is always wet and slippery. Be sure to walk slowly and cautiously!
- Obey swimming pool rules and keep the pool a clean and friendly environment for all participants.
- Appropriate swim attire is always needed in the pool.
- Never dive into unknown or shallow waters because there is a chance of danger or injury in these areas.
- Always have a phone handy in case you need to make an emergency call to 9-1-1.
- Be prepared to dial 9-1-1 in the case of emergencies.
- Pay attention to warning signs, they are especially important!
- Learning CPR can always be beneficial in case of emergencies, as one can help save a life with the learned skills.
- Always have emergency equipment prepared or ensure that there is one available to you.
- If you are unable to find a child, water should be the first place to locate before anyone else.
Children & PFD Selection – How to Select a Child’s Life Jacket
“Teach your children to properly wear a PFD. Children panic when they fall into the water suddenly. This causes them to move their arms and legs violently, making it hard to float safely in a PFD. A PFD will keep a child afloat, but may not keep a struggling child face-up. That’s why it’s so important to teach children how to put on a PFD and to help them get used to wearing one in the water. To work right, a PFD must fit snugly on a child. To check for a good fit, pick the child up by the shoulders of the PFD. If the PFD fits right, the child’s chin and ears will not slip through. PFDs are not babysitters. Even though a child wears a PFD when on or near the water, an adult should always be there, too. Parents should remember that inflatable toys and rafts should not be used in place of PFDs.” Please be sure to check with your local pool before going with a life jacket. Public pools only allow United States Coast Guard (USCG) approved flotation devices. One with the Water® recommends only USCG approved devices.
Where is it Safe to Swim?
“Swimming in lakes, rivers and oceans can be safe and fun at a designated swimming area that is protected by lifeguards. However, if these elements are not in place, always assume that any natural body of water is too dangerous for swimming.”
Life Jackets Aren’t Just for Boats
“Life jackets aren’t just for boats, but, they only work when they are worn. Young children and weak swimmers should wear life jackets whenever they are in, on or around the water, even at a pool or a waterpark. Put it on at the dock, deck or shore and take it off until you are on dry land.”
Your Home Doesn’t Come with a Lifeguard (But you can hire us!)
“Staying safe around water is more than staying near the lifeguard at the pool. Every year many children drown in residential swimming pools, bath tubs, buckets of water and other containers of water. Anywhere there is water there is risk for drowning. Do not leave a young child unattended near any source of water, not even for a moment.”
Would You Know What to Do?
It Only Takes a Moment
“Anyone watching children who are in, on or around water must understand that drowning happens quickly and suddenly. Any source of water is a potential drowning hazard, especially for young children and weak swimmers”
Home Pool and Hot Tub Maintenance and Safety
“Owning a pool or hot tub comes with many responsibilities. These include taking steps for proper operation, such as keeping the water clean and at an appropriate temperature. Responsible ownership also includes taking steps for safe use, such as providing layers of protection. The Home Pool Essentials: Maintenance and Safety online course can help you learn to make pool care easier and make pool or hot tub areas safer.”
Swimming Safely in Lakes, Rivers and Streams
“Swimming in lakes, rivers and streams can be safe at designated swimming areas that are protected by lifeguards. Swimming in a natural body of water is different from swimming in a pool. More skills and energy are required for natural water environments because of cold water and air temperatures, currents, waves and other conditions and these conditions can change due to weather.”