I love Summer. It signifies that magical time of year when you can shoo the kids outside to play in a nice shady area, thus leaving your house slightly less decimated, and you free to tool around on the internet.
Oh, and it also means Christmas.
And 7 weeks of school holidays, which means that our standard trampoline and sandpit just don't cut it for entertainment factor over such an extended period.
The Feral Threesome have been whining for a pool since they were old enough to whine. Total shades of me, as I claimed desperate pool need as a child too....only to have #1Pop disgustedly point at the ocean down the road, saying I had the biggest pool in the world.
Currently they get their aquatic fill at swimming lessons, visiting the #1Grandparents' house on the coast, and when we go to Bali - which we are doing again for Christmas...in exactly 32 days. I will think of you all slaving over lavish Christmas Feasts while I attempt to pronounce all the names on the cocktail list at the swim up bar.
Spending so much time around swimming pools and the beach, water awareness and safety is paramount.
I'll never forget a previous holiday, where Miss5 (at the time) was getting into the pool with me. She was following behind me, walking down a set of steps that led into the water. I turned around to tell her she should stop a few steps back where she could stand, but it was too late - she had continued walking beyond her height and was well and truly under water. It happened instantly, silently, and within arm's reach of me. And this was a girl who could swim, having attended regular swimming lessons since she was 1.
She was fine, nothing more than a fright and coughing up half a lung. But it will forever stay with me - how quickly and quietly things could've gone horribly and tragically wrong.
Now, that there isn't a tale you'd want to use with small children to convey the importance of water safety. That one is for the parents.
Instead, Sammy Sea Patrol is a much brighter, far more age appropriate means of conveying water awareness to small children.
Thankfully, there's not a hint of David Hasselhoff circa Baywatch 1993.
Sammy comes with a 10 year warranty, and is intended to be used as a role play toy to promote water awareness in children as young as 18 months.
Or, in the Twin Tornado's case, for sucking on, yelling at, and trading in the bath in exchange for Mermaid Dora.
Thanks to WOW toys, I have a Sammy Sea Patrol to giveaway, just in time to spread the water safety awareness before the heat of summer signals the onset of beach and pool season.
For your chance to win:
Follow this blog, so that I may dream up ways in which to take the piss out of David Hasselhoff's Baywatch years, now that I've been reminded of them.
Comment below with your best water safety tip for kids
Mine is simple - don't go anywhere near the water without Mum or Dad. It's basic, fundamental, and simple. And it seems to be working, so far.
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Entries close midnight (WST) Wednesday 28th November
which will be 23 days until I am lazing by a pool in Bali
which will be 23 days until I am lazing by a pool in Bali
The fine print:
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- Entries close midnight (WST) Wednesday 28 November
- Winner announced on this blog Thursday 29 November
- Winner has seven (7) days to respond, before I take to my bath with wine and Sammy Sea Patrol to discuss what went wrong, and then conduct a redraw as supervised by Sammy.
Swimming lessons from a young age and supervision are my tips. I have shared this on twitter.ReplyDelete
Slightly devasted there is no hoff figure!!
Teach children not to panic. Show them how things float and sink and teach them that floating on their back can help save them.ReplyDelete
Swimming lessons as soon as they can walk- my 3 girls all can swim and my youngest is just 14 months! For a small fee each week its piece of mind and they love it too!ReplyDelete
Don't go near water without supervision and if very young wear a life jacket when hanging out by the pool / riverReplyDelete
Grrrrr hate these stupid competitions that need an account to enter OR you have to enter your email address for all the world to see.ReplyDelete
Bite me I say.
Fair enough - but how else would I contact you if you'd won?Delete
I say if you have an issue, don't enter, simple!!!!Delete
You'd think that would be logical, right? HehDelete
we have taught our kids not to go near any water, and if they see another kid or a sibling go near the water, to yell very loudly for an adult. if they happen to fall into water, not to panic, and lay on their backsReplyDelete
The punch ups my kids have had over that toy! Jordy loves it.ReplyDelete
Cranky 'anonymous' has been doing the rounds I see.
Haha, sure has! I'm just curious how they expect to be notified if they'd won a prize? Homing pigeon? Smoke signal? Morse code?Delete
With a backyard pool our rule was "No water wings, no swimming'. The boys never failed to don the wings. Mind you, our eyes were never off them anyway.ReplyDelete
Dont run around pools, but you have already said the most important thing, dont go near the water without an adult!ReplyDelete
supervise your kidsReplyDelete
As as swimming teacher, if you dont want to do swimming lessons, then teach children no running around water, and that they are not allowed in unless there is an adult with them.ReplyDelete
Anything that involves water awareness is a bonus, I say! it should be mandatory in our country to learn to swim. Little Sammy Sea Patrol looks like he could teach a thing or two about the ocean.ReplyDelete
We have a little one (who is now 7) who has no fear of water at all. And has been in a "near" accident when younger...he fell in the swimming pool at a school carnival and there was three parents within the pool who didnt even notice. I jumped in (fully clothed) and grabbed him from the bottom of the pool. It happened so quietly and within minutes.ReplyDelete
Ever since that day we made sure he had his floating device on whenever we were near water. And as soon as possible he was taught to swim! It is a silent deadly place for young children, yet with education it is safe.
Follow your blog and tweeted :)ReplyDelete
No amount of lessons can compare to the eyes of a parent, especially for young children. All three of my boys are fascinated with water and we have rules. No adult No Pool, etc.ReplyDelete
Swimming lessons for water awareness, as young as possible. We didn't have a lot to spend on sports and activities but my kids did swimming lessons so theyd be comfortable around water and understand the potential dangers from a young age. Its also really important to watch them in the bath. Whats the saying - it only takes 1 inch of water for a child to drown? Scary stuff.ReplyDelete
Following as Trish Beatty
So true Trish. The bath tub often can be forgotten when it comes to water safety. And for that, you're the winner! Congrats, woohoo's all round. Have emailed you for your details.Delete
I always make sure my children are supervised both in and around the water. That would be my best water safety tip, Always, always supervise.ReplyDelete
I'm a follower
~ Always swim between the FLAGS at the beach and never swallow pool water...you don't know who has pee'd in it! ~ReplyDelete
don't get a pool.ReplyDelete
Never let your guard down when kids are in the waterReplyDelete
best water tip is to teach them to swim the younger the betterReplyDelete
Poop and wee before you goReplyDelete
On with the sunscreen and hat before you go in the water
Only swim with supervision
Simple - don't let them out of your sight!ReplyDelete
Shared on FB.ReplyDelete
Get them into swimming lessos asap and always watch them around water, even a bucket of water or a puddle!!ReplyDelete
Don't panic and if you fall into a pool kick your legs to get back to the top then yell out. In saying that the best tip is to always watch your child!ReplyDelete
Swimming lessons...a must! Never take your eyes off them!ReplyDelete
SWIMMING LESSONS AND NO ADULT NO WATERReplyDelete
supervise ANY children around water, swimming lessons aren't a foolproof safeguard against a child drowning.ReplyDelete
Teach the dangers of going near water along, buckets, toiles, pools etcReplyDelete
keep your eyes on them at all times.ReplyDelete
be careful with buckets etc at home filled with water as well - they can be deadly for babies :(
My kids aren't allowed to enter the pool area without their bubbles on...even if they're not planning on going in the pool. Same thing when leaving the pool area - the bubble stays on until the gate closes behind them.ReplyDelete