Pīwakawaka Summer Safety 2023
November 23, 2023
Summertime is a joy for kids and whanau across the country, however, warmer weather encourages us to seek outdoor activities and enjoy the best New Zealand has to offer. With this in mind the Pīwakawaka children have been very busy learning how to stay safe in the sun and around water this Summer. Here are a few reminders to be mindful of as the Summer approaches.
As we near to the end of our extremely important annual swimming lessons at Swimtastic, the children have been learning how to stay safe when in a swimming pool. We have been talking about the importance of staying safe around water. The children know that they must never swim without an adult present, they have learned how to safely enter and exit the water. The lovely team at Swimtastic have been teaching your children water familiarisation, water confidence, how to blow bubbles underwater, lie on their backs and float and to swim safely.
This term we have talked a lot about how to stay safe in the sun and at the beach. Remember, the first line of defence against the risk of sunburn is staying out of the sun and/or covering up. Try to plan activities for early or late in the day to avoid midday exposure. It is recommended to use shade wherever possible if you are outdoors in the heat of the day. Hats and cool long-sleeved tops keep the beating sun off vulnerable faces, necks, and arms when exposure is intermittent.
We learned the four important things to remember:
SLIP- on a long-sleeved top
SLOP- on the sunscreen
SLAP- on a hat
WRAP- on sunglasses
Choose a beach displaying red and yellow patrol flags, and swim between them so, there is an active lifeguard patrol available at all times.
Be aware of the conditions at the beach. Waves, wind, and tides can affect swimming conditions, and the better you understand these, the more you’ll be able to keep your family safe.
A strong current of water running out to sea is called a rip, and poses a real danger to swimmers. Teach older children what to do if they get caught in a rip. Don’t panic, don’t try to swim against it, but let the rip carry you until the current subsides. Then, swim parallel to the beach until well clear of the rip and, finally, swim back to shore.