Now that the weather is getting warmer everyone wants to cool down by jumping in a pool or taking a dip in the sea, but do you know how to keep safe?!
Water safety is the uppermost important thing to think about when around the pool or the sea, and a shocking fact, but did you know that for people between the ages of 5 and 24, the second leading cause of accidental death is drowning! We can prevent this by taking some simple steps.
1. Sign up for swimming lessons – If you plan on being beside the water it is best to learn so you know how to keep yourself safe. There are many swimming providers in the UAE who can cater to all ages and abilities.
2. Stay within your depth – Swimming is fun when you know how to keep yourself safe. If you are a beginner or not very confident with your swimming stay in water where you can still touch the bottom, even if friends are swimming in deeper water you are better to be safe than sorry!
3. Become a Rookie Lifeguard – By being a Rookie lifeguard you will learn some essential lifesaving skills which could help you if someone is in danger. You will learn how to speak to the emergency services along with some vital rescue techniques.
4. Never swim alone – Anytime you go swimming, even if it is just in your community pool you should always be with a parent or friend. Even the best of swimmers can get tired or get a cramp. If you go together then you can help each other.
5. Swim where it is safe – When going swimming, the best place to swim is where there is a lifeguard. They are trained in rescue techniques in case something does go wrong. If you are swimming in open water i.e. sea or lakes it is very different from a swimming pool and you may find yourself caught up in a current. If this happens try to stay calm and don’t swim against the current, this will be very tiring even for the strongest of swimmers. Swim parallel to the shore and you will be able to swim out of it. If you are too tired to do this, keep calm and float with the current. When it slows down you can then swim to the shore.
Remember at all times your safety is the most important thing. Swimming can be fun but you need to keep yourself safe. Remember always shout for HELP, do not go in and put yourself in danger.
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