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4 Pool Safety Rules For Swimmers

Swimming is a great activity and a wonderful workout, whether you’re outdoors in the summer or indoors in the winter. Americans have loved jumping into the pool for a quick swim or a fun afternoon for decades now, but there are also serious risks that adults and children face when jumping into the pool. Drowning happens more frequently than you might think, which is why there are a set of basic safety rules that everyone should follow. Here are four pool safety rules for swimmers of every age.

1. Buddy system
Whether you’ve been swimming your entire life or you’re a beginner, you should never swim alone. Swimmers at any level can still mistakenly hit their heads, overestimate their stamina, become disoriented or essentially have anything happen to them while they’re in water that can cause them trouble. If there’s no lifeguard on duty and no one’s around to help you, this could result in a serious situation and possibly even death. Whatever you do, never rely on flotation devices to protect yourself or your children from drowning. Whether you have a buddy swimming with you or someone outside of the pool supervising, make sure there is an additional body with you at a pool at all times.

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2. Choose safe environments
Whether you’re in a public or private swimming pool, you should always be wary of jumping into a pool that isn’t well maintained. Signs to look for are if the water is murky, dim lighting, unmarked depth levels, loose tiles or antiquated drains which can all pose a danger to your health. In order to prevent contracting an infection or other problems, find a pool that is clean and you know is well taken care of. If there is algae growing on the walls, debris in the water or heavy amounts of chlorine, you should definitely stay far away.

3. Be prepared for emergencies
If you’re ever in a situation where a swimmer is in trouble in the water, knowing exactly what you’re supposed to do can help to save a life. According to The Red Cross, all swimmers should learn basic water survival skills including treading water, floating on their backs and holding their breath. Additionally, any lifeguard or supervising adult should have experience or be certified in resuscitation in case of an emergency. Finally, pools should always be equipped with the basic rescue gear such as a life buoy and long-handled hook to assist in swimmers that might have difficulty in the water.

4. Follow posted rules
While a lot of people are convinced that rules are meant to be broken, this isn’t always necessarily the case. When it comes to pool safety, you should always follow the safety rules that are posted for swimmers to see. This includes the typical things that children generally get in trouble for, including running on the deck, rough-housing in or out of the water and diving into shallow water. You should also keep food, drinks and gum in the restricted areas outside of the pool area to avoid any chance of choking hazards. By following these rules, you’ll ensure that you and other pool users are safer in this environment.

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