Looking Good at the Beach or Pool is Important, But Don't Neglect Water Safety

by Pool Builders on 08-16-2007 in Articles

When we get to the pool or beach we tend to focus on how we look in our bathing suit and beachwear. We get ready for the water by making sure our legs are shaved and our pedicures look perfect. But once we there, it's really more important to be aware of the dangers of swimming in a pool or beach, and reminding ourselves of how to swim safely and look out for others, especially children, who might get into trouble around deep or even shallow water. Here are some safety tips from the American Red Cross to keep in mind during your weekend or summer water-related activities:

· Learn to swim. The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim. Always swim with a buddy; never swim alone.

· Swim in areas supervised by a lifeguard.

· Read and obey all rules and posted signs.

· Children or inexperienced swimmers should take precautions, such as wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device (PFD) when around the water. Children should always be supervised.

· Watch out for the dangerous "too's" - too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.

· Set water safety rules for the whole family based on swimming abilities (for example, inexperienced swimmers should stay in water less than chest deep).

· Be knowledgeable of the water environment you are in and its potential hazards, such as deep and shallow areas, currents, depth changes, obstructions and where the entry and exit points are located. The more informed you are, the more aware you will be of hazards and safe practices.

· Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts. Stop swimming at the first indication of bad weather.

· Use a feet-first entry when entering the water.

· Enter headfirst only when the area is clearly marked for diving and has no obstructions.

· Do not mix alcohol with swimming, diving or boating. Alcohol impairs your judgment, balance, and coordination, affects your swimming and diving skills, and reduces your body's ability to stay warm.

· Know how to prevent, recognize, and respond to emergencies.

Now that you know what's REALLY important at the shore or pool, you can comfortably lie back and relax with a good book or just check out that pedicure again! If your toenails or heels are not perfect, there are some interesting personal care products now on the shelf that will take care of imperfections that might be embarrassing. For your figure, there's more than enough diets, pills, exercise programs and food plans, but for your grooming needs, here are some hot tips and products for looking great this summer:

Especially For Men:

The Mangroomer Electric Shaver has a handle that opens to 135 degrees - no need to get help for hard-to-reach places like your back, and it will keep you super smooth. A sunscreen designed especially for men, MenScience TiO2 Sunblock SPF30 is an ultralight, non-greasy waterproof sunblock that is also moisturizing.

Especially For Women:

Invest in sunglasses that are not only fashionable, but also protect eyes from the sun. There's a huge selection available, but experts say you should select glasses that offer 100% protection from UV rays. Use a waterproof mascara, such as Christian Dior's Diorshow Waterproof Mascara, and for a natural tan without sun damage Neutrogena's Sunless Tanning Foam lets you look tanned before you even hit the beach.

For Both Men and Women:

Having attractive feet is a summer must, regardless of age or gender. For yellow, discolored toenails, try Xenna's NonyX Nail Gel, a natural, topical gel that removes yellow, thick or discolored keratin debris under toenails. For cracked heels, or rough, dry skin on feet, Xenna has a unique product that contains natural enzymes for exfoliation. CalleX Ointment's patented, natural enzymes selectively exfoliate only dry, cracked, thickened and scaly skin, while its petrolatum base retains natural skin moisture.

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