Pool Safety Tips From Olympic Gold Medallist 1st July 2016
If you have a luxury swimming pool at home, it’s important that you know all about pool safety – especially if you have young children who are keen to enjoy splashing about.
Brooke Bennett, a three-time Olympic gold medallist, runs a swim academy in Brandon, Tampa and Clearwater over in the US and has come up with a few tips to help parents ensure that their children can enjoy swimming safely and responsibly, WTSP reports.
She emphasises the importance of teaching your kids to swim to the wall if they find themselves in difficulty, rather than swimming to a parent or grandparent. They need to view the wall as their safe space, she says.
Another key step to take is spending ten minutes with your child showing them around a pool if they’re unfamiliar with it. A parent should also be chosen to be on pool watch patrol if there’s a party going on so potentially dangerous situations can be diffused immediately.
Bennett also advised teaching kids to flip onto their backs if they’re struggling, then float to the wall and climb to safety.
“We want to teach them not to walk into water. We teach them right from wrong and they need to learn the water is off limits without a parent or guardian,” she was quoted as saying.
Taking a lifeguarding course might be a good idea as well if you’re concerned about swimming pool safety. There are sure to be many on offer in your local area so do some research to see what’s going on where.