School holidays are just around the corner and it is a good time to teach the little ones at home how to enjoy the pool safely. Abrisud, the leading pool cover company in Europe, presents its “IX Child Safety Campaign in the pool” with a didactic and fun proposal: the game "Water ducks", which teaches children the basic rules.
The game is aimed at children from 4 to 10 years and consists of two parts, which can be printed and cut at home, in DINA4 or DINA3 format. On the one hand there are a pool-shaped board in which the children have to identify up to 70 different drawings linked to child safety and on the other hand, 5 sheets with 70 cards and 10 cards, all cut-out, so that the children get involved in the game, from the beginning.
In the last 5 years they have 140 children died in aquatic environments, 58% in swimming pools and 12% on beaches. The rest of the deaths occurred in different spaces such as rafts or rivers. The most affected communities were Andalusia (with 35 deceased minors), Catalonia (with 24) and Comunidad Valenciana (22). Hence, initiatives such as the game on child safety in swimming pools are so important.
Returning to the game, the challenge is to Identify the largest number of chips on the board. For each card that the children locate they will get one point. To encourage learning, 10 special cards are included, which are worth 5 points each, and are linked to some cards. Each time the child distinguishes one of the special drawings on the board, he will get 5 points and a letter that explains some of the rules to follow in the pool to increase his safety.
He Decalogue of basic safety rules in the pool For the little ones that Abrisud translates to letters is:
Whenever I bathe I have to be accompanied by an adult.
Until I swim like a champion I have to wear an inflatable vest or sleeves.
Before taking a shower, it is important that I take a shower and slowly enter the water so that I do not get chills.
Now that I know how to throw myself upside down I have to go to the deepest part of the pool to jump from there.
Although I love running, I can't do it near the curbs and slides because they slide.
￼ Before leaving the pool I have to remember to collect the toys, lest other children want to take them and fall into the water.
If any of my friends or myself are in danger, I must immediately notify the adult or lifeguard who is closer.
￼ Whenever I am in the sun they have to put on cream and put on a cap and sunglasses to protect me.
When I get out of the pool I have to remind dad or mom to close the fence or the deck. I am small and I can never open them.
I want to swim like a fish in the water! It is the best way to have fun, for sure.
Abrisud also launches some recommendations for parents or guardians of minors in the pools. Among them, the most prominent: establish continuous supervision, use approved vests and sleeves, go the same way children will go when they move from the house to the pool to detect risks, prevent and educate and have a basic rescue team for emergencies.
It is essential to keep all this in mind to enjoy a safe and happy summer at the pool.
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