Water Safety for Swim Team Kids

When most people think about water safety they think about learning to swim, flotation devices, blowing bubbles, and more of the early basics. However, even elite swimmers should learn and practice safe habits in and around various bodies of water. Here are a few things to consider:

Never Swim Alone

Swimming with a buddy or under adult supervision is a cardinal rule that applies to all swimmers, regardless of skill level. Even the most proficient swimmers can encounter unexpected situations in the water, such as cramps, exhaustion, or sudden illnesses. Having a companion ensures that there’s someone to provide assistance or seek help if needed.

Avoid Roughhousing on the Pool Deck

The pool deck, typically made of cement, is commonly wet, unforgiving, and can lead to severe injuries, especially for young swimmers. Engaging in rough play or pushing on the pool deck should be strictly prohibited to prevent accidents.

Sun Protection

Swimming outdoors exposes swimmers to harmful UV rays, increasing the risk of sunburn and long-term skin damage. Applying waterproof sunscreen regularly, wearing protective clothing, and seeking shade during breaks can minimize sun exposure and reduce the risk of sun-related illnesses.


Staying hydrated is essential, particularly when swimming in warm or outdoor environments. Dehydration and heatstroke can occur rapidly, especially during intense training sessions. Drinking plenty of water regularly before, during, and after practice is encouraged to maintain optimal hydration levels and prevent negative heat-related symptoms.

By prioritizing water safety practices, advanced swimmers can enjoy their sport while minimizing the risk of accidents or injuries. Remember, safety should always come first, both in and out of the water.

Coach Cade Bains | Head Age Group Coach

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