Grade: Elementary
Subject: other

#1843. Water Safety

, level: Elementary
Posted Thu Jul 6 07:34:12 PDT 2000 by Celeste Johnston (
Indiana University of PA, Indiana,PA USA
Materials Required: Can be done as a field trip.
Activity Time: 1hr25min
Concepts Taught: Learning to protect oneself in a dangerour water situation.


This is a conprehensive lesson plan that would be contained in a health and physical eduaction unit. The
main empahis is personal safety in the summer months as more swimming occurs at this time.
The learners will take part in activities that will ensure their own safety in case of an emergency, while also
learning new swimming skills.


Upon the completion of the the unit on water safety, the students should be able to recoginize a dangerous
situation or hazard, recall the general emergency procedures, and preform out of pool rescues in case of
an emergancy with 100% accuracy.

Specifically they will be able to:

Recognize whether a situation that is given verbally or visually is dangerous, and be able to explain
Verbally recall Emergency procedures in order.
Preform throwing and reaching assists without indangering themselves.

Lesson Activities


10 minutes Before arrival at pool: Go over basic rules presented in the form of Power Point. Each
rule will be discussed and the reasons for instatement will be given.

10 minutes Introductions of lifeguards and pool tour to be given by lifeguards. This is where the
children will be able to locate and identify all areas of the pool, including places that problems could

5 minutes Review of rules. The lifeguards put the earlier discussed rules into a situation context.

20 minutes Discussion of emergency action plan. This is what to do in case of an emergency. The
children will be taught how to get someone actively drowning out of the water without endangering
themselves. Reaching and throwing assists will be taught along with how to contact an emergency
professional, and what to tell them. They will each be able to try this.

15 minutes Basic swimming skills will be demonstrated, and the children will be able to try this with
assistance if need. Floating, treading, and basic free style will be gone over.

10 minutes There will be a free swim.

10 minutes Shower/dry off time.

5 minutes Return to bus then return to school.Notes

In the upcoming summer months it is important for children to be able to prevent injures by recognizing a
dangerous situation.

It is important to:

1. Only swim where swimming is permitted.
2. Only swim where a lifeguard is present ore if ti is "Swim at your own risk"
be accompanies by an adult or guardian.
3. Be aware of how deep the water is.
4. Do not dive into shallow water.
5. Always walk.
6. listen to the lifeguard on duty.
7. Not any other rules specific to the pool.

In recognizing a dangerous situation:
1. One must see if the victim is actively or passively drowning.
-Actively drowning looks like the person is splashing or calling for help in
some way.
-Passively drowning looks like the person is not moving at all. The could be
floating face down or at the bottom.
2. If a person in active, perform a reaching or throwing assist with any object
that floats.
3. If the person is passive, call EMS. NO ONE UNTRAINED SHOULD
EVER GET IN AFTER A VICTIM. This is putting yourself in danger.

By following theses steps, you are insuring your own safety.

Below are some helpful links:,HK-LYMC5001.htm