Drowning is one of the most common causes of death in young people. Swimming injuries, drowning, and fatalities can be avoided by following our top tips below.
Safe Swimming in Open Water
Open water may be one of the most natural ways to enjoy the sport of swimming, but it also comes with its own risks. Make sure that you always check that a lifeguard is on duty. Talk to him before you get in the water. Remember that unlike pools, ocean and beach conditions are in eternal flux. Next, when you are just learning the basic swim strokes, make sure that you know how to breathe on both sides, and not just one. This does not only balance out your stroke, it also allows you to watch out for surfers, boats, and marine life. Finally, always stay alert.
Swimming Safely in Pools
When you are at a pool that has signs, make sure that you read and follow them. They are there to protect you, prevent accidents, and keep the pools clean. Never run around the pool edges because they are especially slippery. Before leaping or diving into the pool, make sure that you check the depth first. Remember that diving head first into shallow water or into water with obstructions can result in serious injury.
Only swim where you feel most comfortable. Do not go deeper than you think you can handle, and never swim alone. Make sure that you and your companions watch out for each other, even with a lifeguard around. Finally, make sure that you do not drink alcohol because it tends to make accidents worse. Alcohol slows down your reflexes and makes you clumsy; it can also put you to sleep.
Safety Guidelines for Kids
If you are planning to swim with your kids, make sure that you actively supervise them and give them your undivided attention. Because of the inherent risks involved in this activity, especially for children, distractions of any kind can be dangerous. Make sure that you also educate your kids about swimming safety. Teach them the differences of swimming in a pool and swimming in open water.