Spending time at the beach or pool is a great way to spend the summer. Swimming is not only a lot of fun, but it also has health and fitness benefits. However, there are a number of safety tips to keep in mind while you are near the water:
Learn To Swim
One of the best things that you can do in order to stay safe while you are in the water is to learn how to swim. If you have children, then you will also need to make sure that they know how to swim. Studies have shown that it is possible to teach a child who is as young as one or two years old to learn how to swim.
Do Not Swim Alone
Even if you are an experienced swimmer, it is still not a good idea for you to swim alone. Be sure to have at least one other person nearby when you are swimming.
Alcohol reduces your physical and cognitive abilities, so it is never a good idea to drink alcohol before you go swimming. Alcohol can also cause you to get dehydrated faster.
Drowning is not the only risk associated with being in the water. If you are outdoors, then there is always the risk of getting a sunburn. You can greatly reduce your risk of sunburn by using sunscreen, which should be re-applied every two hours. The sun reflects off the water and is therefore more intense when you’re swimming. A bad sunburn could lead to dehydration or even sun poisoning.
Do Not Dive In Shallow Water
Diving in shallow water can cause serious injury. The American Red Cross recommends that people avoid diving in water that is less than nine feet, so always look for No Diving signs before diving into a pool.