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Jan 19

Vacation Safety: Our top 3 rules

Most people plan on having a fun and relaxing time on vacation. But do they think about safety? Who has time to think about safety when you’re booking activities and planning on escaping real life for a couple weeks? Well, we’re here to tell you that we think about safety. It’s our number one concern. Here are our top safety rules!

 

1. No ocean swimming

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The Pacific Ocean off the coasts of the Hawaiian islands is beautiful, blue and serene. It is warm and fun to splash in the waves or snorkel in a quiet cove. However, there are an average of 50 drowning deaths per year. Half of those deaths are tourists. Our nannies are with your children to make sure you have some adult time. They will be safe and secure when you return. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when you are at the beach. Remember, when in doubt, don’t go out.

 

Ocean Safety Checklist:

  • Admit that you are not an expert, and do not attempt to be one. Ask lifeguards for advice.
  • Be honest about your swimming ability. The ocean is not a swimming pool.
  • Never turn your back on the ocean. Being hit by a wave while you’re not watching can cause serious injury. Waves can sneak up on one.
  • If you get caught in a current do not struggle against it. Rip currents are usually narrow, so calmly swim perpendicular to the current direction to get out of it, and then you will be able to swim back to shore.
  • If you need help, shout “Help” (and not a family member’s name) or wave an arm to get attention.
  • Always remain calm and relaxed in the ocean, whether you get caught in a current, hit by an unexpected wave, or bump into a turtle. Panic leads to drowning because of uncoordinated movement, sporadic breathing, and increased oxygen usage.
  • Never take your eye off children in the water, no matter how calm the ocean.
  • After watching the ocean for 30 minutes, only enter the water if you can handle waves 2x the size of what you’ve already seen. The only way to get a good idea of what the ocean is capable of throwing at you that day is to check the local surf report or ask a life guard.
  • Remember, people also drown after being swept off rocks. Watching big waves from rocks next to the ocean is a very dangerous activity. Know the surf report before you approach any exposed location.
  • A current can pull you away even in waist high water.
  • Boogie board in conditions that suit your skill level. However tempting, don’t follow local kids when the waves aren’t breaking nicely.
  • Don’t over estimate your swimming ability with snorkel gear. Snorkeling is a strenuous activity.
  • The ocean can be extremely inviting even in dangerous conditions. When in doubt don’t go out.

 

2. Stay on the hotel property

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Our nannies will not take your children off the resort property at any time. Unless there is an fun location within walking distance and you’ve given the nanny permission, she will stay on the grounds with them at all times. They may stay in the room and play games or put together a fun craft. They may play kick-ball out on the lawn. If they’re old enough, the nanny may even take them in the pool. But rest assured, when you return from your activity, your children will be on the hotel property.

 

3. No medication administration

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Our nannies will never give your children medicine. If the children are getting over a cold and have antibiotics with them, please be sure they take their medicine before you leave for the day. Our one and only exception is an epi-pen. If your child has an epi-pen and comes into contact with the food or item that causes anephelactic shock, the nanny will administer the pen. All of our nannies are first aid/CPR certified and know how to do this.

We hope that your vacation is always fun, safe and relaxing. Our number one concern is safety and a close second is fun. We hope you’ll take these safety rules to heart and know that our priority is happy kids!