School is out, summer is here, and it’s hot. Let’s hit the pool. Just be sure to make safety your first priority.
Death by drowning is the number one leading accidental cause of death for children ages 1 to 4. These fundamental rules will help keep your children safe in the pool but every situation involving water may have its own unique risks. Make sure you are aware of the particular risks for boating, canoeing, swimming at the beach and any other activity where water is present or close by.
Games are a fun way for the family to enjoy the pool and will strengthen everyone’s swimming skills.
Show off your dance moves in the water. Each team comes up with a water dance routine. Add props such as hats, noodles or boogie boards. Give them 60 seconds to show their best moves and then assign points for creativity, silliness, best synchronized, etc.
One player will be “It” and will stand with their back to the pool. The other players will think of a color and keep it to themselves. “It” will call out one color at a time. If your color is called out, you must try to swim across the pool without “It” hearing you. If “It” hears movement in the water “It” can jump in the water and tag the swimming player. The tagged player then becomes the “IT”.
Dolphin Race or Relay
This game can be played as a race with two players or as a relay with teams. Players must push a beach ball across the length of the pool using only their noses. If they use their hands they must start over. The first player or team to reach the end of the pool wins.
Swimming is a great recreational sport for people of all ages. So splash in and swim safe.