Michael Klim's 16 Tips To Keep Your Kids Safe In The Water.

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posted by James Willmott

Michael Klim, it’s a name you are more than likely familiar with. The Olympic Gold medalist wowed fans all over the world throughout his competitive swimming career, representing Australia at the most elite level, resulting in several world records and the achievement of many personal goals some can only sit back and dream of.

Now retired from the competitive swimming world, Klim and partner Lindy have dedicated the past few years to successfully launch Milk & Co., a family orientated company dedicated to producing all natural skincare and beauty products for people of all ages. Being proud parents of three lovely children themselves, nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of their kids, something which reflects and help build their brand to where it is today.

We recently caught up with the man himself to pick his brain on the many aspects of maintaining a happy, healthy lifestyle, with the first being one for all parents of the world. Check out Michael’s 16 water safety tips to ensure your child is as safe as possible, all while enjoying the water with their friends and family.

1. Block access to any water – Ensure all pools, spas and ponds are fenced off and nothing is next to the fence for children to climb up on to open the gate or climb over.

2. Never ever let your child swim or bathe alone, regardless of their ability. Drowning’s usually happen quickly and silently.

3. Avoid distractions – When supervising you child swimming, ensure you are not distracted with text messaging, reading a book/magazine, drinking, cooking etc. All it takes is 20 seconds and you may not even hear the child struggling to alert your attention. Constant visual attention is required.

4. Always swim with an adult or friend.

5. Learn CPR – Many courses are available around Australia, and only take a few hours.

6. Carry a mobile with you at all times – The quicker the response time for an ambulance, the more likely chance you have at saving your child should a drowning occur.

7. Swimming lessons – Ensure your child knows basic water safety skills and rules to follow around water. This is taught at most Learn to Swim Schools. Klim Swim Richmond dedicates 1 whole class a term (4 classes per year) to Water Safety, and incorporates vital water safety skills in all of their weekly classes. From infants aquatics (6 months to 3 years old) through to our advanced Learn to Swim classes, we aim to create safe swimming habits and skills for life that we hope will either prevent accidents occurring, or save their or someone else’s life should an accident occur.

8. Life Jackets save lives – Put your child in a life jacket when on boats or around a swimming pools but remember these are not an excuse to leave them alone at any stage, drowning’s can still occur if they roll onto their front and cannot get onto their back again.

9. Education – Talk to your child constantly about what can happen around the water and that under NO circumstances are they to swim without Mum or Dad.

10. Education – Educate your child about Life guard’s right from a young age and the importance of swimming between the flags.

11. Education – Teach your child the dangers of diving, jumping, back flipping or somersaulting into the water. Head and spinal injuries are common in pools which also contribute to drowning’s in Australia, lake and dams. Ensure feet first entry at all times.

12. Keep toys not in use away from the pool and out of sight.

13. Do not drink (alcohol) if supervising your children, or if you are swimming yourself – alcohol impairs judgement, balance and coordination as well as affects swimming and diving skills.

14. Keep your family sun smart. Slip Slop Slap and put on a hat.

15. Dress your child in bright colours when going to the lake or beach and consistently have them in this colour. This way, all family members have a consistent image of what the child is wearing, and is more visible should they go under water.

16. Children under 1 most often drown in bath tubs, buckets or toilets. Children 1 -4 most often drown in in-home pools, older children most often drown in natural water settings. Take home message, no amount of water is safe for your child. Prevent and/or supervise.

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