Drowning in the swimming pool causes death of a few hundreds of people every year.
The National Safety Council reports that on average, 900 people drown in swimming pools. The number of people that drown in seas, oceans, etc. is incomparably higher; it reaches several thousands.
In order to avoid fatal cases it is important to know the safety rules that need to be followed in the sea, river or swimming pool.
If your child is going to a pool without an adult, make sure to teach him/ her basic safety tips to avoid any accidents.
In case you go to the sea, teach your children not to swim alone, or do not trust your child’s life to another child, no matter how good they swim.
Do not run in the area:
When you go the swimming pool, you need to take into account that there is a high chance that the floor will be wet. You need to walk slowly in order not fall on the wet floor.
If there are children with you, he/she might get excited when seeing the water and decide to run to the swimming pool. Do not let them do it.
On the other hand if you go to the sea the beach might be full of stones that can hurt you or your child, so be attentive.
Pay attention to the signs:
In many swimming pools you can see different caution signs, for instance “wet floor”. Do not pass it without reading. If you see a sign near the ocean or sea, it might inform you about possible dangers, like sharks or unsuitable weather conditions or something else that can speak about unsafe swimming.
Be carefully when you get in and out of the pool:
Even if you are professional swimmer make use of the handrails (if available). When you get in or out of the sea/ocean be attentive; the waves might go wild just in a second. Never underestimate the water.
If you are not a good swimmer, try to swim in the places where you have lifeguards, so in case of emergency they can help you out.
In case you are with kids who cannot swim use swimming rings or similar equipment to ensure safety of your child. You can use one for yourself as well.
Sports that require good swimming ability:
If you want to try out a water sport but you are not a good swimmer, check with the specialist if you are advised to do it or not. He/she might suggest extra safety equipment to help you do the sports you want, or the opposite – he/she might suggest not doing it at all, as it can be very dangerous for your life.
Finally, make sure that you do not swim when you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. No matter whether you are a professional swimmer or not, you are under the danger of losing control when in the water. Keep the basic rules for ensuring your safety!