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Safety First! Swimming This Summer

The sun is out and the weather's heating up - summer is HERE! Time to start collecting cups for lemonade stands, planning your summer getaway, or getting the right gear for your next pool outing.

Learning to swim should be a priority for every family, and it's the perfect time to get your kids, friends, and maybe even family to start swim lessons to make sure they are safe in the water, while have fun!

It's an important life skill that can play a key role in helping to prevent drowning. According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional death worldwide. Obtaining water safety precautions and skills can save someone's life and even their own.

Our belief is that no matter the background, everyone should know how to swim and enjoy the water environment free from fear.

Safety tips for Swimming in a Pool:

1. Walk, don't run around the pool. Slipping on wet concrete can cause serious injuries.

2. No diving in the shallow end. Only dive in designated areas.

3. Don't play around drains and covers. Even when properly equipped, pool drains and covers can be hazardous. Never play with drains or be near suctions.

4. Listen to instructions and over pool rules.

5. Never let your children swim without any supervision. A lifeguard must be present.

6. No children should be alone around or in the pool.

7. Respect all pool equipment.

Safety tips for Swimming in the Ocean:

1. Wear some type of sun protection, whether that be sunscreen, a hat, or a swimming shirt. Sun protection can help prevent skin cancer and sunburns.

2. Don't go out too far in the ocean - waves can get high.

3. If lifeguards are present make sure you swim where they are visible. If no lifeguards are present make sure an adult or someone you know knows you are going into the ocean and try to stay in front of where you're set up on the beach.

4. Always keep clam. If you're in the ocean feeling uneasy and not sure what kind of territory you're stepping in, you should remain calm.

5. Never swim alone in the ocean if you are not used to it.

6. Learn about the conditions of the ocean before going in and be aware of your surroundings and waves. It's suggested you wear protective shoes in the water.

7. If you get caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the beach to get out of the current, then swim toward shore.

8. If a big wave comes in, face the wave or jump, you will break the wave and have a low probability of going underwater.

Safety tips for Swimming in a Lake or River:

1. Always enter unknown or shallow water feet first.

2. Watch out for currents and underwater obstructions that are not just found in the ocean.

3. Avoid rock hopping. Rocks may be slippery when wet or dry.

4. If you fall in fast moving water, do not try to stand up. The force of the water will hold you under. Lay on your back with your feet pointing downstream while your toes point up to the surface of the water. Always look downstream and be ready to fend off rocks with your feet.

5. When walking in water you can't see through makes you walk slow and make sure when you step each time that your feet are steady and feel like it's okay to take your next step. ( If needed use your hands to feel your way through the water.

6. If you like you are going to fall, make sure to put your hands in front of you so the impact doesn't injure your head. Your hands will break your fall.

7. DO NOT swim around trees that are in or near the water. You can get caught in the tree routs that are under water and can pull you under.

8. Don't swim alone if you are not used to it.

It's never too late to learn how to swim and improve your swim skills.

Every year and all year, should always be your time to shine!

We want everyone to be able to have a fun and a safe summer every year! Sign up today! It's never to late to learn something new!


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