Be water wise

Kids love to make a splash – and keeping them safe should be a top priority.

There’s a lot of fun to be had when you take your kids swimming, but it’s also a time when you have to be especially alert. With a little help from experts at the Amateur Swimming Association, here’s how to make sure your kids stay safe.

Baby’s first dip

*Don’t take a baby younger than 4 to 6 months swimming in a pool as she can get chilled very easily.
*Your baby should have had all her vaccinations against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio, be in good health and have been given the all clear by your GP before taking her first swim.
*Watch out for signs of chilling, including shivering, blueness around the lips and chattering teeth.
*Watch your baby’s face carefully, it’s much closer to the water than yours and if you get distracted her mouth and nose can easily go under the water.