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As a Tampa Bay homeowner, your family is likely already enjoying the backyard pool on weekends and evenings. Your children may already be counting down the days to summer break, when getting out of the pool during the day will be even harder than getting them up for school in the morning! However, you need to ask yourself: are they using the pool as safely as possible?
With summer break around the corner, now is a great time to reteach the pool safety guidelines to your children. Sometimes, though, we all need a little extra help. Here are some of the best pool safety educational resources to help make sure your family is always safe in the water.
Pool Safely, as part of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, offers easily downloadable pool safety educational resources on their website. They have pamphlets in the form of PDFs that can be easily sent and shared with friends and neighbors, as well as fun instructional videos to show your kids. Pool Safely even has a mobile app, which you can download to help teach your kids what not to do around pools the next time they ask to play with your smartphone.
As a parent, it’s very important to you to make sure your kids are safe at all times, but when it comes to pool safety, you may not know the best ways to teach your children. This is where swim lessons, some of the best pool safety educational resources, come in handy. Before your child learns any swimming strokes to start swimming competitively, they have to master all the basics of water safety.
Introducing your child to the water at a young age especially will help them get over any initial fears and get more used to being in the pool. All children should be taught water safety, regardless of whether or not they want to go on to join swim team and swim competitively. The more supervised, safe exposure your child has to the water, the more likely they are to develop into a safe swimmer.
For the entire month of May, community centers, public pools and swim academies will have programming dedicated to teaching pool safety thanks to National Water Safety Month. Look up events in your area for a fun, community-based way to teach water safety to your children. There might even be programming alongside a promotion at your local pool supplier!
At Tampa Bay Pools, we’re dedicated to equipping our customers to be safe in the water so that your family can get the most enjoyment out of your beautiful Florida backyard pool without worrying about safety. Contact us today with any questions you may have about installing a pool or updating your pool safety equipment—we’re happy to help!