It's about that time of year where we start spending a lot more time at the pool or in a lake in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. That means swimsuit season! While I'm sure it's important to your kids to have a swimsuit that's cute or one with their favorite character on it, it's really important to pay attention to the color of their swimsuit.

Child in swimming pool. Kid eating orange.

This comes from a Facebook post that I found two years ago but it's an important thing to remember every year. The post was made by a company called ALIVE Solutions. They teach people about aquatic safety and in two posts on Facebook, the illustrate why swimsuit color is important.

Below are the two posts, which are pictures from tests they did in a pool and in a lake to see what different colors of swimsuits would look like under the water.

Here's the pool test:

And here's the test they did in lake water:

You can clearly see that some colors are much easier to see in the water in case the unthinkable happened. Whereas colors, like the light blue and the white, become impossible to see in a very short period of time.

ALIVE Solutions recommends bright colors, like neon green/yellow or neon orange. They also mention that even though dark colors can stand out the issue is that sometimes that color could be mistaken for dirt or leaves.

On another note but still involving beach/pool safety, there's a thing called 'Water Watcher' duty that I think is super smart. One parent will wear the 'Water Watcher' badge and that's the parent designated to watch the kids for X amount of time. Then the role switches. That way parents can take time to just relax while knowing that another responsible adult is keeping an eye on their kids. If you'd like Safe Kids Worldwide has a printable version of the 'Water Watcher' badge/card.

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