Let’s talk water safety. May is national Water Safety Month, and the Tukwila Pool is all in!
Swimming is the most popular summer activity. What are you doing to ensure you and your family are safe in and around the water?
Here are a few suggestions to help ensure safety:
• Be aware that there are many dangers in and around all bodies of water and educate yourself on what those are.
• Be sure to take swimming lessons so you and your family know not only how to swim, but know water safety tips to stay safe around water.
• Swim in designated areas, supervised by lifeguards.
• Don’t rely on lifeguards alone to watch your children. An adult should be actively watching their children, in addition to the lifeguard. Maintain constant supervision, avoid distractions such as cell phones.
• Always swim with a buddy, never swim alone.
• Never leave a child alone near water and never leave a child responsible for another child.
• Teach children to ask permission to go near water.
• Use properly fitted life jackets on children and do not rely on life jackets alone, adult supervision is essential, even with life jackets on.
• Always stay within arm’s reach of young children.
• Review and know the rules of the area you are in.
The Tukwila Pool is a proud provider of the American Red Cross Water Safety Programs. You may download the free app for “on the go” water safety tips, just visit your app store and search for Swim by American Red Cross.
Visit www.tukwilapool.org to register for swim lessons or call 206-267-2350. We still have scholarships for free swim lessons available.
Michelle Simpson is director of aquatic operations at the Tukwila Pool.