Water Safety Tips

FamilyFun & PlayWater Safety Tips

The unofficial start to summer is almost upon us, which means lots of us are getting ready for long days spent at the beach and pool!

Here are 5 tips to help you keep your kids safe this summer:

1. Use a life vest.

A life vest is essential for babies and kids who are new to swimming, but it’s also beneficial for bigger kids who are more capable swimmers – especially if you’ll be boating! We love these ones by Salus Marine. They’re super comfy (so kids won’t mind wearing them for hours) and designed to offer unprecedented safety and security for babies and kids.

2. Use the buddy system.

Even if you’re a strong swimmer, you’re always safer with a buddy looking out for you. If you’ve got little ones in the water, make sure that buddy is an adult.

3. Never leave your little ones unattended.

Accidents can happen it seconds, so it’s important to make sure that kids have constant supervision while they’re in the water. If you’re swimming with a toddler, a good rule is to always have them within arm’s reach of you so that you can keep them safe.

4. Be Prepared.

Keep a first-aid kit ready in case of any accidents or mishaps, and brush up on your CPR skills to get ready for the season. Hopefully you’ll never have to use them, but it’s always better to know what to do in case of an emergency.

5. Use sunscreen!

A nasty sunburn will quickly put an end to your outdoor fun, so make sure to practice sun safety and make sure that everyone wears sunscreen. Look for water resistant formulas that will stand up to all of your time spent by the water.

How do you and your family practice water safety? Let us know in the comments!


  • Kari Barone

    My boys always wear a life vest when in or near the water. My husband or myself are with them at all times. My boys wear UV sunglasses, shirts, and sunscreen.

  • Jenna D

    We supervise 100% and kiddo only goes in the water with a parent! This year will be our first with trips to the beach for her, so it’ll be a true test – we’ll definitely be getting a life jacket!

  • Sarah Hustins

    For safety in the water we put our year and half in a body swimsuit to cover her legs and arms put a hat on her and sunscreen on her hands and face. A parent is always with her in and around the pool.
    Our oldest children wear sunscreen and will re-apply when needed.
    We have different size lifejackets for the kids that don’t know how to swim.

  • Kerry Wang

    We haven’t start any water sports yet so it’s so great to read about your tips and get a head start!
    We are planning to start with bunch of mommies and we sure will have fun doing it with the vest if I win!

  • Winnie B

    We always make sure they do not enter the water without our permission!

  • Angela Mitchell

    We live on the beach and my parents live on a lake so we are always aware of water safety. We don’t go out on a boat unless everyone has a life jacket. Both of my kids take swimming lessons and we don’t leave the kids unattended while playing in or near water.

  • Sabrina

    We definitely wear life jackets when out on the water and always swim together. I wouldn’t take my eyes off my little one at the beach because he’s so fast! Would love to win a life vest for him!

  • Helen

    Parents should always be in arms reach of child

  • Kim K

    We’ve all taken swimming lessons and we wear our safety gear when playing in and near water.

  • Allison E

    My husband, son and I are in swimming lessons so we know how to swim safely with him. And they teach us the importance of life jackets!

  • Nicky

    There is always an adult present with children near the water, and we take swimming lessons.

  • Raechel

    We model the right behaviour, if he needs a life jacket, so do we. We respect water and the fun it can bring while always being aware of the dangers.

  • Jaime Smith

    We are always withing arm’s reach of our children.

  • Janet Lawson

    We point out that even the dog is wearing his life jacket. This makes it easier to convince a stubborn 3 year old that without a life jacket there will be no riding in the boat.

  • Anne

    We have a remote cabin surrounded by water, our life jackets are the first item we put on when we get ready to set out in the boat, even the dog wears one.

  • Linda

    We never go in the water alone and we stick to shallower waters.

  • Julie

    We will enroll our kids in swimming lessons, EVERYONE ALWAYS wears pfd’s when boating and although we love water we are teaching our kids that it can be dangerous so you have to respect it.

  • Catherine C.

    As a sailboating family with a newborn, we are excited to venture out on the water this upcoming summer. Our family practices water safety by having everyone wear proper-fitting, approved life vests whenever near water, and that includes our fur baby (cat) too! Above all, we are supervising at all times because water safety is a priority.

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