Staying Safe During COVID-19
MAY IS WATER SAFETY MONTH!
Week 1: Layers of Protection (https://www.youtube.com/
May is National Water Safety Month, and in honor of that, we’re beginning our Water Safety Wednesday series! Keep your eye out for educational tips about keeping yourself and your loved ones safe in and around the water this summer, and participate in our weekly challenges to enter for a chance to win a free session of swim lessons!
The most important thing to keep in mind when you and your loved ones are playing in the water is levels of protection. The more levels of protection there are, the better!
In addition to the tips in the video, whenever possible swim in lifeguarded areas. Lifeguards have specialized training in preventing, recognizing, and responding to aquatic emergencies!
This week’s challenge: send us a photo of your swimmer decked out for a great day at the pool with the tag #watersafetybrighton and we’ll pick a winner next week!"
Week 2: Lifejackets (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKS1yc6J004)
Water Safety Wednesday: Don’t just pack it, wear your jacket! Personal flotation devices that are Coast Guard approved are very important for safely enjoying the water. If you’re going on a boat, wear a properly fitted lifejacket no matter your swim abilities. If you’re swimming in a designated swim area, weak and non-swimmers are recommended to wear a lifejacket and have undistracted adult supervision (lifejackets are a layer of protection, not a one-fits-all solution).
This week’s challenge: take a photo of your swimmer wearing a flotation device of some kind. Don’t have one? That’s okay, get creative! Post your photo with the tag #watersafetybrighton and we’ll pick our winner next week!
May 20th – Reach or Throw, Don’t Go (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIokz3i2_jY)
Water Safety Wednesday: Reach or Throw, Don’t Go! Someone who is drowning will be panicking and doing anything to get their head above water. This can include climbing on top of their rescuer! Lifeguards have specialized tools and training to provide water rescues, as well as training on how to escape a panicked swimmer. Since you don’t have that training, it’s important that you keep your distance, and use objects nearby to reach or throw to the victim.
What do you reach or throw with? Maybe you can use a towel or a pool noodle. Near apartment pools, you might see a ring buoy or a shepherd’s crook. If you have a scout in your family, maybe you’ve seen rope tied to a mostly empty milk jug. This week’s challenge: show us something you might use to reach or throw to a distressed swimmer in the water! Post your photo with the tag #watersafetybrighton and we’ll pick our winner next week!
May 27th- Drowning is Silent (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6tKhhcXLAw)
Drowning can be silent. If you’re listening for sounds of distress, you might miss it – if someone is struggling in the water, they will probably use the entire time their mouth is out of the water to inhale, not to shout for help! An undistracted adult should always be supervising their swimmers, even if there are lifeguards.
This week’s challenge: have your little swimmer draw a water safety mascot that will help keep everyone safe this summer, and post a photo with the tag #watersafetybrighton and we’ll pick our winning mascot next week!