Just take a moment to stare at this photo. In a split second, a child can be drowning and a lifeguard has only seconds to jump in and save their life.
It’s hard to even see if, but a young boy was enjoying a family day at a local waterpark when his inner tube flips. He immediately starts to panic and sinks to the bottom of the pool.
The brave lifeguard springs into action and rushes to aid the boy struggling for air. Luckily, the boy is okay, but I would have never been able to see the boy.
Water park safety is a partnership between parents and parks. Parents should always directly supervise their children, especially if children are young or weak swimmers.Below are a few tips to keep in mind when visiting a water park.
– Children under 48″, non-swimmers, and weak swimmers should wear a Coast Guard approved life vest while enjoying water park attractions. Bring your own if you are unsure of availability and fit.
– Dress appropriately, including a hat and loose shirt for when you’ve had enough sun. Monitor how much sun children, especially toddlers, are exposed to. Note: water shoes are often not permitted to be worn on water slides and attractions.
– Apply waterproof sunscreen before leaving home (reapply throughout the day) and drink plenty of fluids (avoid beverages with sweeteners or with caffeine).
– Children in diapers should be dressed in waterproof swim diapers to minimize leakage. Change diapers only in designated changing areas.
– Read the signs at every waterpark attraction and listen to all audio instructions provided by recordings or staff. Obey all rules and experience-level guidelines.
– Follow the lifeguards’ instructions and signal them if you see someone in trouble.
– Like visits to amusement parks and attractions designating a meeting place is always smart in the instance some one is separated from your party. The buddy system is an excellent way to ensure no children are left alone.