As we get towards the back end of the summer season, it is important to remember to be safe while swimming, and also create a safe environment around the pool. Below are some tips from the Red Cross that offer some great ideas and safe practices when utilizing the swimming pool.

Tips for Safe Swimming This Summer

  • Bring a buddy: don’t swim alone even at public pools or lifeguarded beaches.
  • Never leave young children unattended near water and never trust a child’s life with another child.
  • Young children and inexperienced swimmers should always wear U.S. Coast Guard-Approved life jackets.
  • Establish rules, and always enforce them. Don’t let children play around drains or suction fittings. Also, don’t let children have breath-holding competitions.
  • Don’t drink and swim. Alcohol impairs balance, coordination, and judgement.
  • Sign up for swimming lessons if you’ve never had them.
  • Always swim in areas supervised by lifeguards where available

(Source: Red Cross)