A Friendly Affair
Swimming in pairs is a good idea no matter your age. Even an experienced swimmer can experience cramps that make swimming to safety difficult. Not to mention, waves are unpredictable and poolside surfaces can be slippery. Safety is important but swimming with a friend is always more fun!
Know Your Limits
Stick with water situations you can manage. If you are not a strong swimmer, avoid getting into the deep or rough water! Sticking to areas with a lifeguard or experienced adult swimmer is a good idea as well, swimming in a pool is much different than swimming in a lake or the ocean. Currents and water conditions in vary vastly and can take a lot more energy to keep up with.
Diving can be a ton of fun. But, avoid diving into shallow water, or water that you cannot see the bottom of. Many diving injuries are completely avoidable. If there is a sign that says "No Diving" it is a good idea to avoid jumping in head or feet first to avoid injury, as the water may not be as deep as it looks or there may be hidden dangers below the surface.
Protect Your Skin
One of the most overlooked dangers of swimming lies not in the water, but on the surface! Use a sunscreen that is waterproof and apply it often to keep your skin safe. Sun reflects off of water to intensify sunburns. It is important to take regular breaks in the shade as well. This umbrella is perfect for poolside or at the beach!
Brush Up On First Aid
Accidents can happen anywhere, the beach and pool included! Knowing basic first aid and CPR is a good idea for parents and caregivers of children of any age. Falls, insect bites, scrapes, and sunburns can and will happen, so being prepared will make the trip and incidents much less stressful if you know how to handle things.
Water safety is important, but so is the fun! Don't forget to stock up on fun toys like pool floats and beach balls and to take along a cooler packed with cold drinks and fresh snacks to keep the family fueled for summer fun on your next pool or beach day!
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