With temperatures rising, it may be time to heat up your backyard pool or take a trip to the community pool for some fun in the water. Before you dive in, however, there are some essential safety tips that everyone should remember. Below, you’ll get a look at the swim safety basics that all swimmers should know before getting in the water.
Maintain adult supervision for kids
Kids should always be closely supervised when they are in the water, since accidents can happen in just a matter of seconds. A good system is to work with a group of parents and watch your kids in shifts so that parents can still enjoy the water, but kids do not go a moment without full supervision. You might also consider hiring a babysitter to keep an eye on the kids if you are having a large poolside party where parents may have their fair share of distractions.
Know your strengths in the water
Even adults should be aware of the possible dangers of being in the water—especially those who are not strong swimmers. If your swimming skills could use some work, remember that swimming is a great form of exercise, so a few lessons may be worth the investment. Taking a course in First Aid and CPR may also be a good idea if you plan to spend a lot of time by the water this summer.
Limit sun exposure
It can be easy to forget how long you’ve been in the sun when you are spending most of the day in the water. Taking frequent breaks to seek some shade and reapply sunscreen will be highly beneficial for your skin, particularly between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest. When you pick out a sunscreen for the pool, choose one offering full-spectrum protection of SPF 15 or higher.
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