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Sun-Sensitive Wristband Helps Shun Sunburns

Sure makes sense to us. Credit: UVSunSense
Is it a battle every time you need to reapply your kid's sunscreen while you're at the pool, park or beach? UVSunSense wristbands can bring peace to your play day. Simply wrap one around your kid's...

New Pool Drain Law is in Effect

Pool safety is on everyone's mind in the summer. Image: sxc.hu
If your family is like ours, then you make good use of the public pool every summer. We go twice a week for swimming lessons and every now and then for $2 Tuesdays to take advantage...

Should Babies Take Swimming Lessons?

Swimming lessons alone won't keep your child safe around water. Image: sxc.hu
Most of us, whether we live near the water or not, want our children to learn to swim as early as possible. Not being able to swim is a safety concern and a valid one...

Dailydish - Make chores a family affair

Have each family member tackle his or her task list at the same time....

Beware of teenagers "dipping"

There's nothing like a late night dip in a swimming pool on a warm summer's eve. I can't even begin to count the number of times I've enjoyed such pleasures -- on camping trips, at hotels, even this week when we're on holiday with my wife's extended...

Six-year-old saves friend from drowning

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, even pint-sized. When Josiah Buddah took off his water wings and sank to the bottom of the pool, the adults in the area didn't notice. But buddy Haden Stusak did. Though he's only six years old, Haden took it upon...

Avoiding wet naked men

The "Levenshulme Public Baths and Washhouse" was built more than a hundred years ago, some time in the late 1800's. I know that it's only in the USA that it would be considered old, but I can't help being impressed. Sunny Lowry, the first British...

Are infant swim classes a good thing?

As a parent, a huge part of your job is to make sure your kids don't die. Given the startling prevalence of dihydrogen monoxide in the world, it would seem prudent to teach children to deal with it from a very early age. The American Academy of...

Wave Pool re-opens

You may remember the sad story of four-year-old Carlos Alejandro Flores who drowned after being left unattended in the Great Barrier Reef wave pool at the Great America amusement park in Santa Clara, California. The accident happened on July 12th and...

Four-year-old drowns at Great America

You gotta watch your kids. At the playground, if you're not watching, they're liable to get clobbered by a kid on a swing. In a 150-foot-long wave pool, they may very well drown. That's exactly what happened yesterday at the Great America amusement...

The dangers of pool drains

It's that time of year when parents fret about the dangers of swimming pools. By now we are all aware that seconds away from children near a pool can lead to tragedy. But did you know about the hidden danger at the bottom of the pool? When Abigail...

Summertime is the best time

For the past few weeks, the weather has been just right in Texas -- hot enough to feel like summer, but not the scorching, "I can't believe I chose to live in the climate" heat that we'll see come August and September. It's the time of year that...

How to build an underwater camcorder

Underwater Camcorder Mod! $10! - video powered by Metacafe In Texas the summers are hot, so we spend a lot of time at the pool. It's been a blast watching my daughter take to the water, and start learning how to swim. The one drawback to all the...

The Subskate, revisited

Earlier today, I wrote about the amazing Toypedo. It's kind of the Energizer bunny of pool toys -- it just keeps going and going. Interestingly, the Toypedo is made by Swimways who also makes the Subskate I asked about a while back. Well, we decided...

The Toypedo

In Sara's swim class, there used to be another dad that I became good friends with. (Alas, they moved away recently.) He discovered, amongst the toys the teachers had available, a very nifty doohickey. Mixed in with the diving rings and the toy...

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