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Water Sports Safety in Summer Camps
Much of the fun at summer camp is spent around water, from swimming lessons to sailing
races, kayaking expeditions and waterskiing thrills. All this splashy fun is fantastic but
summer camp staff is always mindful of the importance of kids learning and following the
rules of water sports safety, whether it’s instructions on how to right an overturned kayak
or using the buddy system while swimming. So, parents can rest assured that camps do
their utmost to ensure that all children are knowledgeable about water safety.
Wonderful Water Sports
Today’s summer camps feature tried-and-true traditional favorites like canoeing, kayaking,
sailing and water skiing as well as newer activities like kite boarding, tubing and jet skiing.
Kids not only learn a lot of amazing new skills but they also learn to respect water whether
it’s in a pool, a lake or the ocean. Camps teach swimming and boating safety and make
sure properly fitting life vests are worn and rules are followed always.
In the Swim
From swimming lessons to friendly races, pool games and free swim, kids love to stay cool
and wet at camp, often basically living in bathing suits and t-shirts. At camp, qualified
water sports instructors, lifeguards and coaches make sure every child has a chance to
excel and have fun while staying safe. And, of course, knowing how to swim is one of the
very basics of water safety.
Generally, summer camp staff members are CPR and First-Aid certified and well versed in
safety rules on and around the water. And the kids are well supervised always.
Boating is always a camper favorite, whether it’s the excitement of water skiing, the thrill of
learning to harness the wind while sailing or the joy of a peaceful glide through secluded
coves in a kayak. Whether aboard the smallest craft or the largest, campers are always
properly supervised, outfitted with safety vests and equipment and required to follow
boating safety rules. It’s also important for everyone to know how to right a kayak if it flips
so capsizing and man-overboard drills are part of the sailing instructions.