Water Safety: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

How much fun is it to take a dip at the pool or swim in the ocean? Come and learn about safety in the ocean, lake, and swimming pool, as well as some general water safety tips.

General Tips

Did you know that drowning is the fifth highest cause of unintentional injury death in the United States? Drowning is dying by inhaling water or suffocating under water. While ten people die of drowning each day, many of them are preventable.

The first thing that you should do is to learn how to swim. Keep in mind that even if you learn to swim, you are not immune from drowning. Even the best swimmers can get overtired, get a muscle cramp, or become ill. This is why it is important to always swim with a buddy. If you are by yourself, make sure that a lifeguard is watching you in case you need help.

If you don't know how to swim yet, this doesn't mean that you have to stay away from water completely. When learning to swim, make sure that you know your limits. If you are not comfortable swimming in deep water, don't do it. Non-swimmers should wear life jackets at all times.

Ocean Safety

A lifeguard stand on the beach
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Sea urchins. Jelly fish. Sharks. These are just a few of the animals that live in the ocean that can harm or even kill you. It is important to stay alert and aware of the sea creatures around you. Sometimes, beaches have lifeguards who can alert everyone if dangerous animals have been spotted.

Another additional danger of the ocean is the riptide, also known as a current. A riptide is when the ocean moves in very powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water. Even the best swimmers in the world are not safe in a riptide. They make it difficult to maintain control in the water. If you get stuck in a riptide, it is best to stay calm and float along with the current. Lifeguards will warn everyone if the current is too strong by posting warning signs.

Lake Safety

Everyone wears a lifejacket on a boat!
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Boating on the lake is so much fun. There are special rules that should be followed to remain safe on a boat. First, regardless if the person can swim or not, all boating passengers must wear a life jacket. Most boating deaths are caused by drowning. If a person is thrown from a boat and knocked unconscious, they will need a life jacket to stay afloat. Also, never take a boat out on the lake during bad weather.

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