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Swimming Safety Tips at Pool and Beach

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Safety surrounding swimming is a very important aspect for today’s beach and pool lovers. For most children and individuals that are not often exposed to pools and beaches, finds it somewhat inviting and often do not consider the certern saftey aspects regarding beach or pool. Over the years, drowning has become common at beaches and pools, thus mainly due to the fact that individuals are careless in meeting the following responsibilities listed below. This article will cover the fundamental aspects of pool and beach safety, so that the number of victims that drowned may be reduced.

Swimming Pool              

  • Never swim alone: there should at all times be supervision, a friend to swim with (Buddy system).

 

Buddy System
  • For beginners: never start practicing in deep water, practice in shallow water where one can stand. For children swimming aids should be worn at all times.
  •  Never swim when tired or figured, as this may lead to muscle cramps. Therefore when tired / fatigued either leave the swimming area or float and bob to ensure rest.
  •  Never swim directly after eating, as this may lead to stomach cramps and nausea.
  •  Never swim intoxicated.
  •  Never dive in shallow, unclear/turbid water, unless the depth has been determined.

 

No Diving
  • Never run around the pool.
  •  Be observant of your surroundings and observe all pool signs illustrated in this article.

 Beach

  • Never swim alone: there should at all times be supervision, a friend to swim with (Buddy system).

Life Guard
  •  Swim in designated / demarcated areas where life guards are present. These areas can be identified by two flags that govern a specified area to swim.
  •  Never swim directly after eating, as this may lead to stomach cramps and nausea.
  •  Swim as close to the shore as this makes you visable to life guards and for a easy derparture when tired. If caught in sea current, swim across or with the current. However do not resist the current as this will result in tire.
  •  Never swim intoxicated.
  •  Never swim close to rocky areas as the sea current may direct you to collision.
  •  Be observant of your surroundings and observe beach signs as illustrated as illustrated in this article.
  •  Never dive in shallow, unclear/turbid or rocky waters, unless the depth has been determined.

Everybody loves water, however swimming comes with great responsibilities. These tips should be remembered as it may save lives and it is every body’s right to be safe and to enjoy the pleasures of swimming. Education of swimming, should be conducted at an early age level so that the number of victims that drowned may be reduced.

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