According to the American Red Cross, to be water competent, one must know more than just how to swim. A water competent swimmer has water smarts, swimming skills, and the ability to help others while engaging in water activities in, on, or around any body of water.
Someone who is water smart is a swimmer that understands the water, how it moves, and its hazards. A water smart swimmer knows the following water safety rules:
The five basic water competency swimming skills all swimmers should be able to do in any body of water, such as pools, lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans are:
Someone who had the ability to help others understand the following guidelines of how to help someone in a water emergency.
If you or your loved ones are unsure about any of these skills or safety topics, connect with one of our instructors today and we will be glad to assist in teaching you and your family how to stay safe in, on, and around the water.
As a parent, you are your child's first teacher. Remember that your children learn what to do and what not to do by copying your behavior. When you are near water make sure to model safe water habits by:
Looking for more water safety tips at home, check out our Free Water Safety Guide!