With summer in full swing, one of the best ways to beat the heat is to go for a swim! While the water can be lots of fun, it can also have several safety risks, especially for young children or weak swimmers. Here are 10 tips to keep you swimming safely!
- Always have a “designated watcher” monitoring swimming areas during social gatherings.
- Keep kids away from pool pipes, drains and other openings to avoid getting stuck underwater.
- Have a swimming buddy, even at a public beach or pool. Don’t swim alone.
- Teach children how to swim. Things to consider include: child’s age, development and how often they are around water when deciding if they are ready to be enrolled in lessons.
- Learn CPR. Knowing what to do in an emergency and having basic water rescue skills could save a life.
- Use sunscreen and stay hydrated. Exposure to the sun for long periods of time can cause dehydration, sunburn, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Enter the water feet first. Serious injuries can occur if you dive into a pool headfirst and hit the bottom. Always check for depth and obstructions before you jump into the water.
- Wear a life jacket whenever you’re riding in a boat or swimming in open water.
- Know your limits. If you are just learning to swim, don’t go in water that’s deeper than you are tall. If you feel yourself getting tired, take a break for a little while.
- Have fun! The pool and beach are great places to relax, socialize and learn new skills.
Swimming is a great way to enjoy the sunshine and get in some exercise. Keep these tips in mind to have a fun, safe day in the water!