Learning water safety practices is essential for anyone who spends time in the water, whether it is for recreational activities or work. It is important to understand how to stay safe in any water environment, such as lakes, rivers, oceans, or pools. Basic safety rules include avoiding alcohol and drugs while swimming, wearing a life jacket, learning how to swim, avoiding swimming alone, and following rules set by lifeguards or other water safety personnel. Additionally, it is important to be aware of potential hazards, such as strong currents, riptides, and marine life, and to know how to handle these situations. By learning the basics of water safety, you can help ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.
1. Always swim in a supervised area and never swim alone.
2. Wear a life jacket especially when boating and tubing.
3. Know the signs of drowning, including arms waving, head low in the water, and calling or waving for help.
4. Obey all water safety signs and flags.
5. Do not dive in or jump into uncertain or shallow water.
6. Be aware of sudden drop-offs, which can contribute to a person falling from a boat or pier.
7. Avoid drinking alcohol if you will be operating a boat or swimming.
8. Learn CPR, First Aid and oxygen administration.
9. Always wear a personal flotation device while on a kayak, canoe, or any type of inflatable vessel.
10. Establish boundaries around water, such as not going out of arm’s reach of an adult when swimming in pools and lakes.
11. Pay attention to water and weather conditions before going into the water.
12. Learn to recognize the effects of hypothermia, especially in colder climates.
13. Educate yourself on the proper use of a life-preserver, and check its condition before use.
14. Make sure there are trustworthy adults around the water at all times.
15. Educate children on the potential dangers of swimming too far from shore or trying to ride on large waves or boats.
16. Be aware of how tides and currents can affect even the most experienced swimmers.
17. Make sure that any water vessels are equipped with the proper safety equipment and are working properly.
18. Remain aware of yourself and your surroundings in the water at all times, and let others know where you are if you’re going for a swim.
19. Participate in safety courses and refresher courses on swimming and boating safety whenever appropriate.
20. Understand the importance of wearing the proper equipment and clothing when participating in aquatic activities.