By Lindiwe Sibanda
Swimming injuries, drownings, and deaths can all be avoided by adhering to a few simple safety regulations. These laws apply to all bodies of water, including private pools and baths, as well as the beach or lake. It’s crucial to use caution at home, at swimming pools, and when on vacation by lakes or oceans. Even with just a few centimeters of water, children can quietly and quickly drown. When an adult isn’t around, lock any water access, including shallow portable pools.
Safety tips for children
- When children are swimming, make sure there is adult supervision.
- Never leave a child unsupervised in or near water.
- Never let children swim by themselves – encourage them to use the buddy system
- Make sure children only swim in places that are supervised or designated.
- During a storm or when there is lightning, never let a child swim.
- Never use pool toys or water wings as life jackets.
- Make sure children are aware of the water’s depth.
- Never allow children to dive or jump into water that is at or under nine feet deep.
- While swimming, diving, or having fun in the water, avoid chewing gum or eating.
- Keep a phone, a first aid kit, and emergency contacts close to the water.
Safety tips for adults
- If you have been consuming alcohol, don’t swim.
- Do not swim by yourself or let others swim alone.
- Avoid the water during thunderstorms or other severe weather conditions. Seek cover away from metal object and structures, wide open spaces, and big, lonely trees during lightning storms.
- Don’t swim faster or farther than you can. Know your boundaries and stick to them.
- Before jumping into a pool, ocean, pond, reservoir, or lake, check the water level. Always dive with your hands clasped and your arms rigidly extended over your head.
- Do not dive into lakes, rivers, quarries, or irrigation ditches that you are not familiar with. To prevent hitting your head on a shallow bottom, a concealed rock, or any other obstruction—or breaking your neck or back—jump feet first
- Only jump in if you are familiar with the area and water level.
2022, July, 04. Swimming Safety, https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/injury-prevention/swimming-safety.html