Backyard swimming pools can be a wonderful highlight of summer and a great place for families with children to spend time together. Pools can also be dangerous when children aren’t educated about pool safety from an early age.
The swimming pool should always be closed off from the rest of the yard with a gate so that children cannot enter the pool area unsupervised. This is important for the safety of not only your children, but other neighborhood children who could wander through.
Children should be taught that swimming can take place only when a designated adult is available to supervise pool activities. Even sitting on the edge of the pool or playing near a pool without an adult should be off limits to children who have not yet learned to swim or who are not strong swimmers.
It is important for children to learn to follow special behavior rules when they are around a swimming pool. Rough and wild behavior is one of the leading causes of swimming pool accidents. There is no running around the pool area and this rule should be strictly enforced for both parents and children alike. Older children will need rules regarding swimming, jumping, and diving.
Restrictions Based on Skill Level
While some swimming pool rules will be the same for everyone-like avoiding wild behavior- other pool rules will vary based on skill levels. Young children can be taught that as they grow up and improve their swimming skills, they will be able to do more and more in the pool. It is a good idea to have a special area of the pool for children who are not yet swimming. This can be accomplished with a pool rope to section off an area in the shallowest area. If there is not an appropriate area, keep a children’s wading pool nearby for the littlest swimmers.