One of the main reasons to build and use pools is so the kids can have fun. But if you don’t properly supervise your kids as they swim, the experience can quickly turn into something wholly other than fun. Therefore, we’ve compiled a list of the following tips to better supervise your kids as they swim so you can keep the fun from turning into chaos or even disaster.
Install childproof fencing
If we are talking about supervising kids in your own inground pool at home, Step 1 comes into play before they even reach the water: installing a childproof fence. Don’t assume that the threshold from the house to the yard is a sufficient barrier to keep kids from running around and, possibly, into the pool when you’re not watching them. The same advice applies when watching our furry, four-legged “children” as well.
Good pool builders can fill you in on what type of fence and lock system is best for your yard. Ask the professionals to give every adult in your household a tutorial on their use.
Limit device use and multitasking
The “stay where I can see you” approach only works if we actively keep our eyes on our kids. That means we, adults, must resist the urge to take out our mobile devices when our kids are in or near a pool. Our Wordle is not worth involving a lifeguard!
That goes for any other activities that may distract us from supervising the kids: reading, writing, etc. New research frequently suggests that multitasking is a myth, and a visit to the pool with the kids is not where you want to become the latest case study.
We have all been in situations where the unexpected happens and we need to tend to another urgent matter (especially when there is more than one child involved). Therefore, the more alert eyes and ears we can turn toward our kids while they’re in the pool, the better!
In any case, the people we recruit to help supervise our kids in the pool should be trustworthy adults who know the kids. That means being able to:
1) Recognize them by their voice and appearance.
2) Maintain authority when issuing instructions.
Remember that the lifeguard is not a babysitter! Their job is to monitor the entire pool – not just one group of people. Moreover, they are meant to intervene in an emergency situation – not a routine moment when one of us should be supervising.
Sit at the water’s edge
No matter what our kids do in the pool, the objective is to keep them close so that we can reach them quickly if something should go wrong. The best way to do that is to position yourself at the water’s edge. This used to mean planting yourself in a deck chair while the kiddos had all the fun. However, EdgeMate Pool Chairs make it possible for you to sit partially submerged in the shallow end while keeping alert eyes and ears on the kids as they swim. Visit our FAQ page for more ideas on how these portable in-pool chairs can help improve the pool experience for you and your kids.