Have Fun Swimming

by Pool Builders on 09-16-2009 in Articles

Swimming is a great way of exercising and fun for the whole family on weekends and holidays during the summer months. Swimming is a lot of fun, but drowning is a real danger. Drowning is the second most common cause of death amongst kids under the age of 14. It can happen very fast, in less than two minutes which leaves very little time for someone to help. A common way for kids to drown is when they accidentally fall into a swimming pool.

The sides and bottom of a pool are normally made of concrete, which when wet, can cause someone to slip and fall. If you have been to a public pool you have probably noticed the numbers written along the side of a swimming pool. These numbers represent the depth of the water at that point. You should always make sure the depth of the water before jumping in or allowing kids into the pool. If you jump into the shallow end you could injure yourself, on the other hand if you allow small kids to play in the deep end they could possibly drown.

An adult should always supervise children around water, in a public area this could be a life guard. Home pools should be fenced off and the gate should be closed and padlocked when not in use. An alternative would be to use a secure swimming pool cover or net across the surface area. Don't push or jump on others and don't run around the pool area.

A popular swimming area in the summer is to swim in lakes, ponds or streams. You cannot always see the bottom so extra care needs to be taken as you do not know how deep they are or what is at the bottom. Some ponds or lakes may hide jagged rocks, broken bottles or general rubbish. It is always a good idea to wear something to protect your feet. If you are going out on a boat always wear a life jacket, even if you are a strong swimmer.

When swimming in the sea, make sure that you are swimming in a designated area provided by the life guards and make sure that there are life guards on duty before going for a swim. You need to be careful of rip tides which are strong currents that can take you away from shore. If you are caught in one, try to swim parallel to the shore rather than to shore until the water stops pulling you. If you can't get back to shore, tread water and wave for help to the life guard on duty. Never swim alone and don't swim out too far. It's important to know your limits when it comes to playing in the water. You could develop a cramp (where a muscle in your body suddenly tenses up and causes pain) or other physical problem that makes it hard to swim. If you get a cramp, get out of the water for a while and give your muscles a rest

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