Swimming is undeniably a lot of fun for adults and children alike. However, it’s easy to get carried away and forget that, just like every other sport, accidents can happen when you aren’t careful. Keep these safety tips in mind to keep the whole family happy and safe!
1. Wear Sunscreen
Women are quick to remember to wear sunscreen, but men and children— not so much. Even if you aren’t under direct sunlight, make sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF of (at least) 15. If you plan to swim under direct sunlight, use a stronger sunscreen and reapply every hour.
2. Avoid Swimming When There’s Thunder
While a pool might not be that big, and it seems very unlikely for lightning to actually strike the water, a storm can quickly develop with our unpredictable weather. Best play it safe and clear the pool as soon as you hear thunder. Don’t forget to walk carefully— the floor may be slippery!
3. Always Supervise Children
It goes without saying, but we’re saying it anyway! Never leave children unsupervised in a pool, even if only for a minute. Accidents can happen quickly and every second counts in preventing them from happening. So make sure there’s always an adult around to give their full attention.
4. Avoid Horse-Playing In and Near the Water
It easy for kids (sometimes even adults) to get carried away when they’re having fun, but be mindful if things get too rowdy to avoid injuries!
5. Follow Pool Signs and Rules
Try not to underestimate the importance of reading public pool rules. The admins and owners are more familiar with accidents that can occur, so make sure you’re informed of how to keep everyone safe and clean.
6. Keep the Pool Clean
No one wants to swim in a dirty pool, so let’s do our part in ensuring this doesn’t happen! Use a proper bathing suit, rather than everyday clothes which dirt and sweat easy cling onto, and be sure rinse off in a nearby shower before entering the pool. Also, try to avoid swimming if you’re sick to prevent the spreading of germs.
7. Look Before You Leap
It’s always a good idea to inspect a pool before entering it, even if it’s a pool you frequently swim in. Not only will you be aware of whether it’s safe to jump or dive into it, you’ll also know whether there are any harmful objects that may have been left behind or have fallen into the pool. It may also be beneficial to locate and avoid any drains or suction lines.
8. Don’t Forget to Stay Hydrated
Don’t wait until you’re thirsty! Swimming can be deceiving since you can’t tell you’re sweating, but make sure to regularly take a break and drink some water.