Keeping kids safe in waterparks is as simple as Float, Splash, Slather and Supervise! Here are four tips from the experts at Schlitterbahn:
Float – Floatation Required! Schlitterbahn offers free life vests to every visitor. If your child doesn’t know how to swim or lacks confidence in the water, put them in a life vest. Keep in mind teens and tweens who don’t know how to swim will not always consider their safety when they are with their friends. A non swimmer might not wear her lifejacket when none of her friends wear one. If you have a non-swimming teen or tween, make sure they have an adult with them who can help them make safe choices. Or better yet, sign them up for swimming lessons early this summer!
Splash – Schlitterbahn offers great splash and play areas, so even the littlest ones can have fun without getting in water any deeper than your ankle. Prepare by bringing water shoes and consider a life jacket anyway, which can double as mega sun protection.
Slather – Slather on the sunscreen and hydrate. Just because you are in the water doesn’t mean you can’t get burned and dehydrated! Apply sunscreen every few hours and make sure everyone stops and takes a drink often. The summer sun can really do a number on both the inside and outside of a kid.
Supervise – No one knows your child’s behavior better than you! Whether you have a daring shark or a shy minnow, the best safety device for your child is your attention. Make sure you keep an eye on every child, particularly weak swimmers.