through their school or a local pool
to make sure they learn to swim from
“If you’ve taken lessons from experts,
you’re better off than if you haven’t,” she
says. If cost is a concern, connect with
your child’s school or local pool to find
affordable options that work for your
Safety is the first reason for your
children to learn how to swim.
Another is being able to comfortably
enjoy a long list of water activities such
as canoeing, kayaking, water-skiing and
Swimming also brings a lot of
“childhood joys,” says Coral Wales,
a swimming instructor at the YMCA
in Calgary. “When you know how to
swim, you don’t have to miss out on fun
opportunities such as summer camps,
school trips, birthday parties, or even just
hanging out with friends.”
Whether you learn to swim as a kid or
an adult, it can be a lifelong, low-impact
activity that’s good for mind and body.
And, it’s fun. Just ask Rutherford. “The
kids love it,” she says. “They ask to do it
all the time.” |a
STAYING SAFE AROUND WATER
•;Whether your children are around a pool, a beach or a bathtub, their biggest
risk near water is a lack of adult supervision, says the Red Cross. You or
another adult need to stick with them.
•;“Put up a fence around any personal pools to avoid children accidentally falling
in and always stay alert and within arm's reach of children, even in shallow
water,” says Coral Wales, a swimming instructor at the YMCA in Calgary.
•;Boats are involved in more than a third of all deaths in and around water in
Canada. Most people who die are men and teenage boys, says the Red
Cross. The biggest risk for boating deaths is not wearing a personal
•;“Always be cautious while hiking along a river,” Wales says. “Choose the
safest routes with least chance of slipping, and never be near or in the water
completely alone.” If you fall in, call for help and try to grab a floating object.
PEE IN THE POOL
Researchers at the University of
Alberta have proven what many
fear: some people pee in the pool.
They tested 29 pools for artificial
sweeteners found in urine. The bad
news? They found the sweetener in
the pools. The good news? It poses a
minimal health risk. The researchers
also found urea and ammonia in
urine can react with pool water and
irritate the eyes and lungs. As for a
solution: don’t pee in the pool.
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