How to Swim Safely With Multiple Kids (When You’re Alone)
This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
This summer, we hit the ground running. As soon as we could, we went the beach and as soon as it opened, we jumped in the pool. Between summer camps and travel plans, we’re set to have a great summer, but the best part about this summer is the new, more independent phase we’ve entered:
This is the first year I am able to take all three kids to the pool by myself.
This might not sound like much of a feat to you, but to me, it means the world! Teaching 3 kids to swim when you only have 2 hands is no easy task.
How to Swim Safely with Multiple Kids (When You’re Alone)
Over the last few summers, I’ve been reluctant to take the kids to the pool on my own. If my husband wasn’t around or if there wasn’t another adult available to help me, the answer was “no”. My kids are still learning to swim and their skills aren’t up to par yet. I was nervous about having all three in the water at the same time and didn’t feel safe. We missed out on a lot of time that could have been spent learning to swim because I didn’t feel like I could handle it on my own.
But this year is different….
This year, we are armed with the right equipment to make daily trips to the pool possible (not to mention easier and safer). No more settling for the blow-up pool in the backyard. Now I can actually take them to the pool on my own, when I want, and I’m excited because this adds tons more fun (and exercise) to our daily routine!!
The Current Swim Situation
My eldest is doing great in the pool on her own but my two younger ones still need support- at different levels. My middle kid is treading water but is unable to stay afloat on his own long enough for my comfort. My youngest is still learning about and exploring the water. All three need constant supervision and I need a little help if I’m going to go it alone.
SwimWays Swim Vest
My youngest used the SwimWays Baby Spring Float last year, but has grown considerably over the school year and is ready for the next step. He’s eager to try swimming- out of my clutch- and wants to explore the water like the older kids. The SwimWays Swim Vest is the perfect solution.
This vest is the 2nd step in the SwimWays Swim Step Level Program. It’s for kids aged 2 to 4 and is great for keeping kids afloat and balanced in the pool with its sturdy foam inserts. It has a zipper closure, which makes it easy to get on, it’s comfortable to wear, and there is an adjustable strap that goes between the legs to secure it in place.
The Swim Vest gives my little guy a little more freedom and the ability to make natural movements that will help him learn to swim. It keeps him upright but also allows him to lean forward to paddle, which is crucial when learning to swim in larger pools. (I don’t recommend using this or any other flotation device in baby pools.) Unlike wearing floaties, he has more control over his arm movements and the Swim Vest makes pre-swimming easy and fun. (It’s also made of UPF 50+ fabric which will help protect him from the hot Texas sun!).
SwimWays Power Swimr
My middle kid has learned to tread water for a minute or two at a time, but still needs support, so we tried the SwimWays Swim Step 3 Power Swimr on him. This flotation device is for kids aged 3-6 and has 9 removable float pads in it so that as your child’s skills progress, you can remove pads for an easy transition to swimming. The best part is that with enough practice, my middle kid might be fully swimming by the end of this summer (and we might even be able to have my youngest try it out, too!).
Using good flotation devices makes me feel safer going to the pool alone with all three kids. This is a huge thing for us because we’ll be able to practice swimming more- an important survival skill that all kids need to learn- and we can do this all ON OUR OWN.
1 Mom vs. 3 Kids… The Pool Rules
At the pool, I focus the most on the youngest because he has little-to-no experience with the water and/or swimming. The oldest two can support themselves much easier than he can, but in order to keep everyone safe, we do have some rules in place:
- Stay Close. My middle kid needs to stay in the area of the pool closest to me. As I mentioned, he’s having trouble staying afloat for longer periods of time, so he needs to stay where I can get to him quickly. We generally stay on the shallow side of the pool.
- No screaming/yelling. I need to be able to rely on all of my senses to keep all three safe and that’s hard to do with too much yelling.
- Pool Safety Rules. No running, jumping, diving, etc… To avoid serious accidents or injuries, I constantly remind my kiddos of safe play in AND around the pool.
- 3-Strike Rule. Staying safe is serious business. If they want to play at the pool, they need to abide by the rules. Our 3-strike rule is: If they have to be reminded of the rules 3 times, we’re all out of the pool and going home.
Making a Game of Staying Safe
In addition to the rules, I often divide my attention equally between them by playing games that involve all three. For example, I’ll ask my little guy where his brother is, he’ll point, and I’ll yell, “Swim!” and we both swim to “catch” my middle guy. It’s fun for all of us. My eldest will also play with us, or I’ll throw in some pool rings and time how quickly she can get them back to me.
Since we’re all interacting regularly, no one is being missed or left out and I’m able to keep a watchful eye on all of them (while creating some great memories!).
Between following the rules, playing games, and using these SwimWays products, I’m confident that my kids will stay safe and progress tremendously this summer. They’ll be able to practice more with support (and I won’t be a nervous wreck).
We’ve trusted SwimWays products in the past and know that they are quality swimming tools that safely help children learn to swim.
SwimWays promotes water safety and has been helping kids learn how to swim for 50 years. They have even initiated National Learn to Swim Day, whose 6th year just took place on May 20, 2017. Using products from an industry leader with years of experience is what has made me more comfortable with my kids in the water- and that is priceless.
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If you’re looking for more fun ways to play with the kids this summer, check out How to Plan a Cheap Family Vacation, Keeping Kids Busy Without Using the TV, and 20 Ways to Keep Kids Busy During Spring Break (that can apply to the summer, too!).
How do you keep your little ones safe at the pool?