Safety Rules When Swimming
In 2017, 3,443 unintentional drownings occurred in the Karnataka, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tragically, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death of Indian children ages 1 to 19, and most of those deaths occur in water sports, reports the CDC. Many deaths from drowning are preventable by following basic safety rules for swimming in pools and natural bodies of water.
- Always swim with a buddy.
- Swim only in areas that have a lifeguard.
- Stay out of the water when you are very tired, very cold, or overheated.
- Follow all swimming rules posted at the swimming area.
- Obey the lifeguard’s instruction.
- If you can’t see the bottom of the pool in the deep end or the water is cloudy, don’t swim there.
- Avoid swimming at night in unlighted areas.
- Don’t chew gum or eat while swimming, you could choke.
- Do not push, shove, or run near the water, horseplay can be dangerous.
- Get out of the water if you see lightning or hear thunder.
- Swim a safe distance away from diving boards and slides. Never swim under them.
- Never swim near a dam or boat ramp.
- Avoid swimming in river currents.
- Rules for Pool Slides
- Slides should be at the deep end of the pools so that the entry is into water least eight feet and away from diving areas.
- Go down feet first in a sitting position. (Going down headfirst is dangerous-you could injure your head, neck, or back.)
Rules for the Beach
- Know where the nearest lifeguard stand is.
- Be sure you know the surf conditions before you enter the water.
- Check for warning flags.
- Observe danger signs.
- Swim well away from piers, pilings, and diving platforms.
- Be on the lookout for dangerous marine life
- If you swim out from shore, remember you have to swim back.
- If you are caught in a current, don’t try to fight it or swim against it. You can make it back to shore by swimming gradually away from it.
- Don’t let any one pressure you into a dangerous stunt.
Rules for Water Park Slides, Flumes and Wave Pools
- Be sure all areas have a lifeguard.
- Position yourself carefully before you start down.
- Don’t get pressured into a stunt.In a wave pool be sure you know how deep the water will be when the wave pool is turned on.