A Guide to Enjoying LA’s Indian Summer

Triple-Digit Fall Temperatures Send Angelenos Flocking to the Beach and Pool
Labor Day signals the official end of summer, but don’t stow your beach togs yet. In LA, hot weather and summer fun goes on at the beach and pool into autumn.

Who Wear’s Shorty Shorts?
Kids love splashing in the waves no matter the season. As the water gets colder, keep them toasty in a Konfidence shorty or child wetsuit. The soft, flexible 100-percent UV protection neoprene fabric will keep them warm in and out of the water. $36.99 to $59.99, http://www.konfidence-usa.com. For the stylin’ boys of endless summer, quick-drying microfiber swim trucks by Australian brand Tom and Teddy will withstand seasons of and salt and chlorine year after year with quality and smart design, like durable double stitching, two pockets, rear eyelets for air circulation and comfortable 100 percent cotton mesh lining. Boys sizes 1-12 years, $49.95. Also available in men’s sizes small through XXL, $84.95 at http://www.tomandteddy.com.



Suit Beer Float
Grab your bathing suit, best squeeze and a cold one and hop on the Pool and Beach 2Up Lounge by Sportstuff, $59.99, http://www.sportstuff.com. This stylish blow-up lounger has a molded cup holder for your fave beverage and side-by-side mesh seats with a comfy back rest, and its thick, durable 20 gauge K80 construction ensures long life. Have a party by linking up other lounges with the integrated connectors. Feeling like a little more me time? Sail solo in the Fiji Float by Airhead, $19.99, http://www.airhead.com. twoupfloatieBuilt for the pool or lake with durable vinyl and welded seams, this single-seat lounge features a mesh bottom to keep you cool and a molded drink holder, and if you get lonely, you can hook up with other floats using the side-mounted rope anchors.


Sandy Places

That pesky sand gets in the darndest places. Brush if off with SandGone, a pleasant-smelling, non-toxic dry powdery solution to removing sand that gets stuck everywhere you don’t want it to be. Apply the talc with the included soft puff and watch the sand fall off. Great to use all over after a day on the beach or on sandy feet before getting into the car. 8 oz. jar, $12.95. www.sandgone.com.


Just Plane Fun

Forget the remote controls and batteries, Sky Riders old-fashioned foam flyers by Kids Only, a division of JAKKS Pacific, Inc., take fun to new heights. Great for the beach or park, the colorful lightweight foam material makes them easy to launch, and the aerodynamic design lifts them into the sky to loop and glide. Available in 24”, 36” and 48” wingspans. Ages 3 and up. $7.99- $14.99, Toys R Us, RiteAid, and Bed Bath and Beyond.Sky-Riders-Patriot-Foam-Glider-1366051381

Cover Up

It’s true what your mom told you about getting a sunburn, no matter the season, no matter if the sun is shining. Cloudy day or bright and sunny, be safe and slather on sunscreen year-round to protect your skin. The new hypoallergenic, fragrance-free 50-SPF Coppertone Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion is perfect for any season, without a heavy coconutty smell or oily feel, and it lasts for 80 minutes and is water resistant. 6 oz., $10.00 at Kmart.

Hydrate or Dry

Refresh and hydrate yourself with HINT Premium Essence Water, a great alternative to sugary beverages and sodas that leave you thirstier.  With a “hint” of flavor, this delicious drinking water comes in Watermelon, Blackberry, Pomegranate-Tangerine, Strawberry-Kiwi, Raspberry-Lime, Mango-Grapefruit, Lime, Pear, Honeydew-Hibiscus and Cucumber.   12 pack, $16.66-$20.68, www.walmart.com.



Go Nuts, and Berries

Forget fast food and pack along fast energy food instead.  USANA all-natural energy and nutrition bars, like the taste Go Nuts ‘n’ Berries Nutrition Bar, are loaded with ingredients like peanuts, almonds, chia, flaxseeds, raisins and cranberries, without gluten, soy or dairy, to provide you with the fuel you need to power you up for swimming laps, body surfing, and all your outdoor activities. Box of 14 bars, $31.85.  http://www.usana.com.

usanna bars


Swim Lessons Save Lives: Water Safety for Kids

Choose a program with consistent instruction.


Summer time means lots of time at the pool, beach and lakes, when parents need to keep a watchful eye on children for safety’s sake.  Sadly, accidental drowning is the second leading cause of death for children aged 1 to 14 in the United States.  With the accessibility of the beach and many pools open year round in Southern California, teaching water safety to children is a great idea, and since children can start swimming as early as a few weeks old, it’s never too early for swim lessons.


Kids can learn to swim at a few weeks old, so it’s never too early for lessons

Safety First

Research the method used by your swim instructor.  The first lessons should focus on safety and building confidence in the water, such as the SwimRight swim-float-swim technique which many swim academies utilize as the foundation for learning to swim.  This method teaches children to roll onto their backs to float, which they learn is a safe maneuver whenever they feel unsure or tired in the water.


Lesson Up 

For infants and students under the age of three who require 100 percent supervision, private lessons with one instructor per student are recommended.  Another option for children under age two and under is lessons with their parents in the water with them.  Children over age three who can follow directions can enter classes with up to four students per instructor.  After children learn basic skills, then they can move onto learning the four strokes of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.


Make it Fun

The key to learning to swim is making it fun for kids.  Find a program that is enjoyable for your child and instructor with whom your child feels comfortable.  Look for consistency in instructors, as a child is likely to give up on lessons if their instructor keeps changing.  Ask other parents in the program if their children look forward to coming to lessons and about the progress their children have made.

To keep swimming enjoyable and exciting, suit up children in in the proper swimming gear so that they stay warm, comfortable and enthused.  Konfidence (www.konfidence-usa.com) makes a number of children’s wet suits, such as the Warma Wetsuit, designed to trap a layer of water next to the body as a warming insulator.  The neoprene rubber liner also helps keeps kids buoyant, and the fabric covering helps parents and instructors to get a grip on slippery wet kids.   


Suit up children properly so they stay warm in the water


Once a child has the knowledge, skills and gear to feel safe and confident in the water, the swim experience is more relaxed for the child and parents.  The earlier children get in the water the easier it is for them to learn to swim and begin a life-long activity that the family can enjoy together for fitness and fun.