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8 Swimming Safety Tips for a Great Summer

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Summer is here, and it’s the perfect time to cool off and have fun in the water. Whether you’re heading to the pool or beach or enjoying a refreshing dip in a lake or river, it’s essential to prioritize safety.

Mount Nittany Health is committed to providing helpful resources for community members.  We would like to share some valuable swimming safety tips to ensure a safe summer!

  1. Learn to Swim: Knowing how to swim is the most crucial step in water safety. Enroll yourself and your children in swimming lessons to develop strong swimming skills. It’s never too late to learn, and mastering this life-saving skill will boost confidence and enhance safety.
  2. Supervise Constantly: Never leave children unattended near water, regardless of their swimming abilities. Remember, it only takes a few seconds for a child to get into trouble in the water, so remain vigilant. Consider designating a water watcher; someone who knows CPR, and whose sole responsibility is to supervise children during any water activity until the next person takes over.
  3. Know the Water and Weather Conditions: Different water bodies pose different risks. Be aware of the water conditions, such as depth, temperature, currents, and underwater hazards. Stay in designated swimming areas whenever possible and follow all posted signs and instructions. Bear in mind that it isn’t safe to swim in the rain, especially if there is thunder and lightning. If the weather changes quickly, get out of the water and find shelter.
  4. Wear Life Jackets: Never allow young children or inexperienced swimmers to only use water wings or pool toys as life jackets. Always make sure they are wearing a properly fitted United States Coast Guard-approved life jacket that is appropriate for their size and weight. When boating, kayaking, or participating in any water activity that involves flotation devices, all participants should wear an approved life jacket.
  5. Follow the Arm’s Reach Rule: Stay within an arm’s reach of any weak or inexperienced swimmer who is in the water.
  6. Enforce Pool Rules: Enforce all pool rules, including no running, pushing people in or dunking other swimmers. Don’t chew gum or eat while swimming, diving or playing in the water.
  7. Buddy System: It’s always safer to swim with a buddy. Having a swimming partner ensures that someone can offer help in case of an emergency. Remember, even experienced swimmers can encounter difficulties, so look out for each other, especially when you’re swimming in a natural body of water like a river or ocean.
  8. Learn CPR: Knowing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can be a lifesaver in emergency situations. Enroll in a CPR course to learn the proper techniques, and make sure other family members or friends are also trained.

By following these swimming safety tips, you and your loved ones can enjoy a summer filled with water fun and memorable experiences while staying safe. Being proactive and informed is the key to preventing accidents and ensuring a wonderful summer season.