Swimming teacher: This is why parents should never buy blue swimsuits for their children
- Swimming instructor and mom warn all parents
- Nikki Scarnati never buys blue bathing suits for children
A mother has sternly warned all parents never to buy blue swimsuits for children.
Certified swimming instructor Nikki Scarnati said blue swimsuits make it much more difficult to supervise children while playing in the water, and advises buying only bright colors.
In a video, which has now been viewed more than 3.7 million times, Nikki recorded her daughter swimming in a backyard pool while wearing blue to prove her point.
“This is not a bathing suit my daughter wears regularly. I bought it on clearance just for this example for parents who wanted to learn,” she said.
“That’s why you don’t put blue bathing suits on your kids. Look how hard it is to see her underwater.’
Nikki’s daughter is barely visible while swimming and is in danger when an accident happens.
Scroll down for video
Certified swimming instructor Nikki Scarnati (pictured) said blue swimwear makes it much more difficult to supervise children while playing in the water, and advises buying bright colors
Nikki recorded her daughter swimming in a backyard pool while wearing blue to prove her point. “This is not a bathing suit my daughter wears regularly. I bought it on clearance just for this example for parents who wanted to learn,” she said
“And this is in calm water, this isn’t with a bunch of other kids playing and splashing around,” Nikki continued.
She then compared the view with her daughter lying in the sunlight – and she was still hard to see.
“Look how hard it is to see her with that bathing suit on because it’s the same color as our surroundings,” Nikki said.
Ultimately, wearing light clothing can prevent drowning.
Within three days, the video had been viewed more than 3.7 million times and the tip left parents dumbfounded as thousands were unaware of the color’s danger.
‘Thats crazy! I never would have thought of it, wow,” one wrote.
“I would never have thought of this,” a second admitted, a third added, “Wow! Good information.’
‘I can barely see her. I also won’t let my daughter go in or near the water without me,” said another.
And even a former lifeguard endorsed Nikki’s safety information.
‘I’m a former lifeguard and this is absolutely right! Any shade of blue is hard to see, and so is any light pastel in general,” she said.
A second lifeguard jumped in and said, “Dark colors for pools, bright or light colors for open or murky water!”
Another person wrote, “We use blue bathing suits for spray time, bright colors for the pool!”
Which color is best for water safety?
Just as brightly colored outfits can help you spot your child in a crowd, test results showed that bright neon colors, including bright orange, yellow and green, were crucial in recognizing a child in a body of water
Popular swimsuit colors, such as blue and green, have almost completely disappeared. The biggest losers were white and light blue
Test results also showed:
- In lakes, white appeared as a reflection of light or clouds on the surface and was not noticeable
- In dark-bottomed pools, white looked pale blue and was easy to see up close, but the farther you went, the faster it disappeared
- Dark colors or colors matching the water quickly disappeared in pools with a dark bottom
- Dark colors look better on pools with a light bottom, but they can often be mistaken for a pile of leaves, dirt or a shadow
- Neon pink performed well in pools, but not in lakes
The best color swimsuit to prevent drowning depends on the environment in which the child swims.
Alive Solutions Inc. testing 14 different colored bathing suits on a chart to determine which is safest in different conditions – and the results are terrifying.
In the pool test, orange and pink stand out the most, while blue, white and gray are barely visible.
In the lake test, only orange and yellow were visible.