Water Safety Tips
From rafting rivers to sailing on open seas, water activities
offer exciting and healthy fun. Especially in summertime. There's nothing much
better than a challenging outdoor activity out on the water. In order to be
sure nothing keeps you from enjoying yourself, take safety precautions and
learn more. The following tips will help serve as a baseline as you get
educated before your upcoming water activities.
General Water Safety
The main danger of playing in or near
the water is drowning. Luckily, most water-related accidents can be avoided by
following a few basic safety rules.
For example, always swim with a partner, no matter if you're at the beach or in your neighbor's pool.
Having someone close by to administer aid or go for help can prevent the
consequences of practically all drowning episodes. The buddy system is truly
Only swim where
it's safe to do so. Obviously,
a pool is made for swimming. But there's a reason that some parts of the beach
are encouraged for swimming and some are prohibited. No one can know for sure
whether the weather might turn, or if there is a hidden danger beneath the
water. Therefore, only swim when a lifeguard is present who can help in the
event of any problem.
Unless you're at a pool with a known
depth that is safe for diving, always jump into the
water feet first. This is especially
true if you're jumping into the ocean from high up. If there's a "No
Diving" sign, pay attention to it. It's there for a reason.
Water and alcohol don't mix. If you start drinking, don't enter the water. Alcohol can
impair judgment, balance, and coordination.
Most public pools are usually safe, but
it doesn't hurt to be vigilant. Make sure you can see through the water to the
bottom drain. If you can't, chances are that the water's not clean enough to
swim in. If you're not sure, check the water quality yourself. Testing strips
can be bought at pharmacies. The Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that pool water have a chlorine level of one to
three parts per million and a pH between 7.2 and 7.8.
No matter how clean it looks, don't
swallow pool water. Recreational water illnesses are very common. Even though
chlorine kills most germs, keep the water out of your mouth.
The number one rule in boating safety
is to wear your personal flotation device (PFD). You may think you're a strong enough swimmer that
you don't need a PFD, but if you get knocked out or hurt your arm in an
accident, the life jacket may be all that can keep you afloat.
Before heading out on the water make
sure you tell somebody back
on land that you're going out and let them know how long you'll be. If something goes wrong,
people will know to look for you.
Dangerous Aquatic Life
Natural bodies of water harbor some of
Earth's most dangerous life forms. Harmful fish or sea creatures include:
- moray eel
- sea urchin
- sea cucumber
- bristle worm
- cone snail
- sea snake
sure you get educated before you dive into any new water sports or adventures.