Ahhhh Summer!

kids on beach

I can’t believe the summer is half over! I just got back from an amazing family vacation to Nova Scotia where my in laws have a cottage on a lake. My kids were in heaven, each day was filled with a variety of swimming, jet skiing, fishing or playing in the paddle boat.  Now that we are home we plan on doing the same here with all the incredible lakes, rivers and beaches the Cowichan Valley has to offer. I am sure most of you are doing the same. With all this beautiful weather it is hard to think of a better way to spend the rest of the summer than at the water. So I figured now was a good time to remind you all how important it is to be Water Smart.

Every year hundreds of Canadians drown while participating in water activities. What was supposed to be a fun-filled day quickly turns into a preventable tragedy. According to a Canadian Red Cross Report:

  • Young kids 1-4 years of age and Males ages 15-44 are at the greatest risk of drowning.
  • Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death for Canadian Children ages 1-4.
  • Other factors in adult water-related incidents included alcohol consumption.

While these are scary facts they are all preventable. One of the easiest ways to prevent an incident is always watch kids in and around water…ALWAYS. And not the kind where you are reading your book on the sand and glancing up every few minutes. You need to ACTIVELY SUPERVISE them.children-not-use-pool-sign-s-8494Kids can disappear within seconds, and a small child can drown in only a few centimeters of water. Plus isn’t swimming with your kids way more fun than burning on the beach.

If you are unsure of your childs swimming ability put them in a lifejacket/ PFD, but remember you still need to watch them. A lifejaclifejacketket is not a substitute for you.


It’s also a great idea to put your kids in Red Cross Swim Lessons. They will not only learn how to swim but they will be taught Water safety Skills as well.

You can register your kids in Red Cross Swim Lessons at Cowichan Aquatic Centre and Crofton Outdoor Pool visit http://www.northcowichan.ca for the swim lesson shedule.

Make sure you are familiar with where you are swimming, don’t dive if it is shallow or you are unsure of the depth. Know the drop off area, and always wear a lifejacket / PFD when doing any kind of boating activity.

For more information about lifejackets and PFD’s check out the Red Cross Website http://www.redcross.ca

Take a First Aid course so you are prepared to deal with any unexpected emergencies that could arise. Keep a First Aid kit stocked and accessible.

Summer is half way over, get out there and soak up the sun! Be Water Smart and you will ensure you and your family will have a great time.

Here’s a picture on our trip of my two kids doing just that.

my kids



home-alone-2Home Alone…Stay Safe

I am not going to lie I am really looking forward to the day when my kids are able to stay at home alone. Don’t get me wrong I will be super nervous and probably phone a million times to make sure nothing is burning and no one is fatally wounded (or setting booby-traps to catch burglars), but not having to arrange child care last minute or rush homuntitlede to make sure my kids are picked up will be pretty great. Oh and as an added bonus I won’t have to add an additional $10.00/hr to my date night bill to pay the sitter (sorry honey we can’t have the steak, we have to pay the sitter lol!). But my kids are 5 and 7 so I still have a few years to go.

School is done for summer (Wahoo!) and for some of you this is a transition year, your kids are not little anymore. This may be the year when they are going to be home for the day while you are at work or they may be off to their babysitting job (we have a course for that too!). If you are like me you want to make sure your kids are ready for the new girl opening doorresponsibility that they will be taking on. I have great news! The Red Cross has launched a new program called Stay Safe, this course is designed for kids age 9-13 who will be staying at home without adult supervision for periods of time (in the province of BC children 10 and older can stay home alone, if there are other siblings or kids they must be 12 years old).

Stay Safe covers topics such as:

  • How to stay safe at home and in the community without the direct supervision of an adult.

  • The importance of setting and following rules while at home alone.

  • How to prepare for, recognize and respond to unexpected situations (eg. unexpected visitors, inclement weather, strangers).

  • Basic First Aid

The Stay Safe course is 5-6 hours and can be broken up into two days. Each participant will receive a certification at the end of the course and will leave with the tools they need to safely stay home alone with confidence. The BEST PART is you the parent/caregiver will feel a little less nervous about this new independence your child will have.


If you are interested in this course please contact me at leanne@lifeskills-firstaid.com.