Whether it’s the tub, the pool, the lake or the ocean, kids need to be supervised constantly around water. Especially when they’re younger, children are at risk around water. So teaching kids how to be safe around water is vital. Use these free water safety worksheets for kids to help you teach your kids without scaring them.
Rule number one for water safety is to supervise your child. No amount of water safety teaching can replace direct supervision by a parent or caregiver. Children can drown in just a few inches of water, so keeping your eyes on them is essential to their well-being.
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Recommended Water Safety Books for Kids
As much as we want to keep our kids safe, and teach them how to be safe, we also don’t want to scare them away from fun and necessary things. So use one our recommended water safety books for kids to teach them how to be safe around water in a gentle way.
Giving your kids swimming lessons is one of the best and most effective ways of teaching water safety. You can start as young as just 1 year old. Most babies and toddler swim classes are parent-participating and focus more on fun, not being afraid of the water, and survival skills — like how to roll on their back and float.
Learning how to swim is just one part of water safety, however. Learning where to swim can be just as important. Knowing about slippery rocks and banks, fast moving water, or shallow water dangers can keep your kids safe around water too.
And learning about other, more subtle, water dangers might be a good idea too. Teach your kids about dangerous animals in the water (like jellyfish at the ocean, or snapping turtles at the lake). And to avoid things like pool drains, where hair or fingers can get caught.
You may also want to learn about the signs of drowning. Unlike the movies, drowning can be quick and silent. Keeping your kids safe around water means learning for parents too!
The rules of water safety
Teach your kids the rules about water safety. Common sense things like never swimming alone, playing safe games, and wearing life vests may not be obvious to your kids, so don’t assume they know. You also may want to teach them about specific situation rules, like when to get help (don’t jump in after a friend!) or how to behave at a pool (no running on the pool deck).
Don’t forget about the water safety helpers and their tools. Teach your kids about lifeguards and who to look for in case they get lost at a beach or pool. And you can also show them how to put on a life vest or safety buoy. You can also teach them how to relax when someone else is holding them in the water, so that they don’t panic and put both people in danger.
These water safety worksheets can be a fun way to get the conversation started. Grab yours here.
While there can be a lot of dangers for children near water, it can also be a fun, happy place to play. Teaching our kids water safety will make sure that water remains something that’s fun to play with, and not scary at all. So start with these water safety worksheets.