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7 Water Safety Tips

by On Jun 6 2016

Water sports and activities are extremely popular during the summer when the Texas heat is off the charts. What better way to cool down than going for a dip in the pool? As you engage in different water activities, we encourage you to be as safe as possible.

Here are seven water safety tips:

  1. Never swim alone

Whether you’re swimming in the ocean or a pool, it’s important to always have someone else around. If something happens to you or you get submerged underwater and need assistance, you will need someone to take the precautions to get you to safety.

  1. Don’t swim too far out from the coast

Swimming in the ocean can be fun, but also dangerous. The current can easily cause you to drift farther out from the coast than you anticipate. You don’t want to drift so far out that you are in deep waters or are unable to swim safely back to shore. The farther out you swim, the stronger the current will be.

  1. Don’t dive into shallow water

Diving into shallow water can be fatal if you hit your head. Remember to always jump in feet first. When you’re swimming in an ocean or lake, sometimes what’s at the bottom isn’t always easy to detect. Make it a rule of thumb, if you can’t see what’s at the bottom of what you’re diving into, don’t do it.

  1. Take a break if you’re tired

Swimming is a great source of exercise and can also be rather tiring. If your body is tired after swimming for a while, get out of the water and take a break. You don’t want to risk being overtired and cause yourself to drown.

  1. Know your surroundings

 Keep an eye on what’s around you when swimming in open waters. This makes it easy to find your way back to shore if you get lost or wander far from where you started. It’s also a good idea to know what type of creatures could be in the water in which you are swimming. This way, you know what precautions to take in order to avoid unwanted encounters with sea creatures like sharks!

  1. Wear a life jacket

When on a boat, Jet Ski, tube, or any type of water vehicle meant for open, deep water, wear a life jacket. It’s common to get thrown overboard into deep water. Who knows how long it could be before you’re back to safety? The best precaution to take is to wear a life jacket no matter what to keep you afloat if something happens.

  1. Avoid swallowing pool water or ocean saltwater

Pool water contains chlorine and isn’t meant for humans to swallow. Ocean water contains salt and could have foreign chemicals, substances or toxic products floating around. For your health and safety, it’s best if you don’t swallow pool or ocean water.

Water safety is always important to discuss with your family. What are your water safety tips? Let us know on Twitter!