It’s important to keep safe in the water – this includes at home, at the lake, on boats and more. We offer these practical tips for you and your family this summer!
1. Never Leave a Child Unattended Near Water
Children can drown in any body of water greater than three inches deep. There is no substitute for adult supervision. On the back of each supervisor’s shirt at Raging Waves, you’ll see our motto: “If your child is in the water, you should be too!”
2. Put the electronic devices down!
With kids in the water, it’s just not the right time to be scrolling through your Instagram feed or making a new TikTok. Keep a phone poolside so that you never have to leave the pool to answer the phone and can call for help if needed, but don’t let your devices distract you from watching your little ones.
3. Employ Barriers for Water Safety
All permanent pools (like the ones in your backyard or at the neighbor’s house) should have a fence and gate. Make sure all doors and gates to a pool are kept locked at all times.
4. What Can Inflate Can Deflate
Do not use flotation devices as a substitute for supervision. At Raging Waves, we only allow guests to use US Coast Guard approved flotation devices and make sure all of our attractions are properly staffed before letting guests enjoy them.
5. Don’t Tempt Children Into an Accident
Don’t leave water in buckets or toys in the pool. Also, always drain wading pools when not in use.
6. Parents – Learn the Basics
Understand the basics of life saving techniques so that you can assist in a water emergency. Consider learning CPR for children and adults. You won’t regret it!
7. Kids – Always Ask for Permission
Get your kids in the habit of asking for permission to get in the water, so you always know when they are swimming AND when you should be ready to help if something goes wrong.
8. Understand the Water
Be aware that water can be dangerous and children are naturally drawn to it. If a child comes up missing around water, look in the pool or spa first.
9. Throw, Don’t Go
To help someone struggling in the water, get on your knees and throw a life preserver or look for something to pull them to safety. Do not stand up as you could fall in yourself. Always know where the life preserver is hanging at any aquatic facility!
10. Don’t Be Pushy
Instruct children to never run, push or jump on others in and around the pool.
11. Swim To Be Seen
Require children to swim within designated areas, so that they are in sight of guardians and certified lifeguards.
12. Always Go With Coast Guard-Approved
Children should always wear a personal flotation device and it should fit securely. Make sure to buy a personal flotation device that is US Coast Guard certified!
13. Buddy Up
Never let children swim alone. Designate a swimming buddy before entering the beach or pool.
14. Swim By The Rules
Always follow posted safety precautions and take time to go over them with your child. Additionally, make sure to always listen to instructions given by lifeguards – they’re there to keep you safe!
15. Teach Them Early
Swimming is a life-long skill that could someday save your child’s life. Educate them early about water safety to prepare them for a lifetime of fun and safety.
Water Safety Is Essential
Whether you’re spending your summer at the beach, community pool, or a world-class waterpark like Raging Waves, safety is most important. At Raging Waves, all of our lifeguards are trained and licensed with Jeff Ellis & Associates – the leader in aquatic safety since 1983. You can be sure that our staff will prioritize you and your family’s safety during your entire visit.
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