Important: Water safety for your kids

If there’s one definite benefit to living on the island of Ireland it’s our abundance of scenic beaches to flock to when the weather permits. Thanks to our coastline, not to mention an abundance of lakes, children can have a family fun day out at a relatively inexpensive cost for their parents. But if there’s one thing that needs to be remembered when it comes to sea and lake activities, it’s appropriate water safety.

Here is a list of water safety tips that all parents should take note of.

Pool safety

An adult should always supervise playtime in padding pools.

Be careful not to dive into shallow water.

Always check the pool first to see how deep it is.

Obey pool safety rules such as no running dives.

River/Lakes/Inland

Beware of submerged objects. Always enter the water feet first.

Cold water in lakes can be dangerous – it is often much colder beneath the surface than you think. Remember to enter the water gradually to avoid shocking your body.

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Do not play near the edge of riverbanks – they can crumble away suddenly.

Do not retrieve model boats by wading in.

Never walk on ice-covered waterways.

Remember that reeds and grass often obscure the edge of the pond. Careful where you step!

The banks of a pond may be weak and give way under your weight

When angling always make sure an adult is with you

Pool safety abroad

Before allowing children into the pool, check out the hotel’s safety arrangements, most do not have a lifeguard on duty.

It’s advised not to swim after consuming alcohol, food or after a long, exhausting journey.

Keep to the safety rules that would apply in a swimming pool at home. That includes no running, no diving etc. Check the pools depth markings, if there isn’t any, check them yourself if you are a competent swimmer.

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Never ever dive into shallow water.

Keep an eye on children/baby pools that are located next to the main pool with a barrier.

Never swim in a pool with discoloured water.

Look out for missing, uneven or slippery tiles around the area.

Swimming in the sea

When swimming in the sea always swim in areas patrolled by lifeguards.

Swim in the designated swimming area when swimming in the sea. Normally, the red and yellow flags indicate the zoned area for swimming.

Swim with family or friends – never swim alone or in isolated areas.

Swim within your depth and parallel to the shore.

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