Vibrant colors make your kids easier to spot in a crowd—and under water, too.
Dressing your kids in bright, standout colors is a given when planning their outfits for events with large crowds of people. But color also matters when it comes to swimsuits. Good visibility is crucial when they’re in or around a pool or other body of water.
ALIVE Solutions Inc., a water safety company, conducted a study to determine how swimsuit color impacts visibility. They took swimsuits and submerged them in a lake and in a pool to test which colors were easiest to see underwater.
Highest Visibility Under Water
Top colors for visibility were bright and contrasting to the blue water: neon yellow, neon green and neon orange. White and light blue had the worst visibility. Darker colored suits show up on a light pool bottom but may be dismissed as a pile of debris or a shadow.
Neon pink was easy to see in a pool but lost most visibility in a lake, so matching the color to the type of water is something to keep in mind.
More Water Safety Tips
In addition to choosing a highly visible suit or rash guard, remember these other tips for water safety:
- Make sure everyone who’s on watch duty is aware they’re watching the swimmers with 100% focus. Download our Water Watcher Tag to make it official. Swimsuit visibility doesn’t matter if no one is watching.
- Teach kids how to swim. Making the investment in swimming lessons is worth it.
- Keep wheeled toys, such as bikes, tricycles and scooters, away from water.
- Drowning can happen even in shallow water. Close supervision of children around any amount of water is crucial.