Can you believe it is summertime already?! My kids are super excited to participate in all the summer activities we usually cram into those few precious months of summer vacation. One of our favorites is to head to the pool or the beach. Whether you are heading out the back door to your own pool, to the local YMCA down the street or the beach a few hours away, you need to practice summer water safety. When we are visiting the YMCA or the beach, I never think about how important the role of the lifeguards are. These are the folks who are there to protect us while we are splashing and swimming nearby. Before you head over to the water, you may want to refresh yourself on these summer water safety tips for your family:
Summer Water Safety Tips
- Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
- Do not allow anyone to swim alone.
- Makes sure that everyone in the family knows how to swim. Your local YMCA offers great swimming lessons from experienced instructors.
- For younger swimmers, make sure they wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
- Do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings.
- Wear SPF appropriate sunscreen and apply as instructed.
- When swimming in natural bodies of water, be aware of cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards.
- Leave the alcohol at home as it impairs judgement and your reflexes.
Whenever my family and I plan to have fun in the water, we go over these rules. It ensures we are all on the same page and everyone will stay safe. Even though we all know the rules, I am thankful for all those people in the workforce who keep us safe when we are enjoying ourselves in the water. One of those people is Justina Pratt, who
works in the Safe Start Program as a water survival instructor for infants and young children 6 months to 6 years. This program in Florida is very specialized and is the only program like it in the country. The program includes 17 instructors who teach at 24 pools who have gone through an 8-week training process through ISR (Infant Swimming Resource) where they also learn a lot of medical information, and important skills on how to interact with children and families in this environment.
For Justina, this program is personal because not only did she survive a near drowning herself at 18 months, but in 2013, one of her two sons (3 at the time) fell into the water while fishing off of dock. He immediately rolled onto his back and saved himself because the training he received in the program. Justina has taught over 250 kids through the program and spends 5-6 hours in the water each day teaching. Justina is very passionate about the program and loves her job because it’s so rewarding to make a difference for even one family. You can see Justina’s story as part of the 1 in one hundred million Web Series from Kronos. The 1 in one hundred million series profiles ordinary people in the workforce and tells their stories. Each month, Kronos releases a new video focused on one occupation, like a firefighter, a nurse, a union electrician, and more.
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