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1. Within Arm's Reach

Whether it be the home or out in the community, always be 'on the ball' when it comes to supervising your child around water. Be present and be prepared for any event.

  

They may only be 'out of sight' for a moment, but it can be all that it takes. Unfortunately, all childhood drownings could have been prevented with better adult supervision.

Kids are fascinated by water and it is this fascination that can pose the most danger of your little ones.

Babies and toddlers are most vulnerable to drowning and totally depend on you for protection against water hazards that can injure and kill. This means you always must be on the ball and make sure your child enjoys the water but at the same time develop a healthy respect for it. 

The problem is that they don't physically have the skills to get themselves out of trouble and they don't have the mental capacity to judge distance or fear - they can't see the danger or assess the environment.

This means you must always be 'on the ball' to make sure your child is always adequately supervised and at arm's reach at all times.

As a new parent it may seem daunting to think that even a small amount of water - even that bucket that you soak clothes in, or the outside tub that collects rainwater - is enough for a child to drown in.

Keep them close, help them and help them develop a healthy respect for the water; when appropriate, take them to water skills class and identify and mitigate all water hazards.

 
 
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