Swimming offers enjoyment and great exercise, but it is also a potentially dangerous activity. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveal that in 2005 alone there were 3,582 accidental drownings leading to death. One in four of these deaths ended the life of a child under the age of 14. When you observe a number of swimming safety tips, you may ensure your children's safety while enjoying the water.
Ocean Swimming Safety Tips
The ocean is a great place to visit for relaxation and also to cool off by swimming or enjoying vigorous exercise when surfing or body boarding, but there is a number of ocean swimming safety tips you should observe.
First and foremost, learn about the water conditions on the day you are swimming. Find out if there are noted rip currents where you are swimming and familiarize yourself with the warning flags used at the beach. Only enter the water near a lifeguard station. Always swim with a buddy, who can notice if you get caught in a rip current or suddenly suffer a cramp; he can alert the lifeguard to you need help.
Lake Swimming Safety Tips for Kids
A boat outing is a great treat for children, and swimming in a lake or pond is an enjoyable pastime. Since there are no lifeguards watching over lakes and ponds--and because the water is sometimes murky and makes seeing all the way to the bottom impossible--there are a number of lake swimming safety tips for kids and their parents.
Children need to wear a personal flotation device (PFD) that is manufactured for their specific weight. Trails features a number of options, such as the Extrasport child's PFD, which ensures that a child floats face up in the water until you may come to his rescue. As an adult, you should always swim with your children to keep an eye on them. This is especially important if the child's legs get tangled in weeds and he panics. Wear swim shoes in lakes and ponds to avoid injury to your feet from trash and sharp rocks protruding from the lake's bottom.
Swimming Pool Safety Tips
Only dive into the pool from the ledge at the deep end, if you see a marker that specifically allows diving. Otherwise, enter the pool via the ladder. Walk cautiously along the edge of the pool, to avoid slipping and falling in. If you swim in an outdoor pool, immediately leave the water if a lightning storm begins.
When the number of people in the pool makes swimming difficult---in part because there are a lot of swimmers or groups that are playing games---it is a good idea to take a break until the crowd thins out. If you continue to stay in the pool, you may be inadvertently pushed under water, but in the throng of people it is possible that nobody will notice your distress.