Swimming - Is It Safe to Swim in the Sea?

by Pool Builders on 09-27-2010 in Articles

Many people who attend swimming classes want to learn to swim so they can swim in the sea. However, it may not always be safe to do this. There are a number of reasons as to why this is the case.

A good lifeguard should look to see that the conditions for swimming are fine in the sea because of how the sea can deal with some harmful materials at some times. Many bodies of water like these can contain salt materials among other things. These can cause a person to become dehydrated and will cause a person's body to become damaged over time. Also, there is always the risk that bacteria can be present in the sea. The bacteria can end up damaging the body and impact one's skin as well.

The best thing to do is to wait until the water is fully clean. The water should be tested every morning and in the afternoon by officials to see that it is clean so swimming in the sea can be safe.

Another risk deals with how swimming in the sea can cause a person to deal with difficult weather conditions. Seawater can easily be much colder or warmer than that of water in a controlled pool environment. The temperature can easily cause the body to become tired and worn out. Lifeguards should ensure that people can swim in the sea when these conditions are not present.

The sea life that can be involved in the sea is another thing to watch for. It is vital for a local sea board to review the life in the sea before swimming can take place. There is always the risk that sea life can attack a person or possibly get in someone's way when swimming. A good thing to do is to see that a lifeguard is on duty in the event that sea life is present in the area.

The last thing to consider is that swimming in the sea can involve dangerous rip currents. These are currents where the water is going to pull a person away from land and into the central part of the water. It can be very difficult to get out of a current and a person could drown in one of these cases. A rip current can especially be present in a sea that is dealing with difficult weather conditions. Lifeguards are trained to observe these and should work to keep people out of the water if these happen.

Overall it will be best to see that if one is going to swim in the sea that the conditions are right and that lifeguards are on duty. Lifeguards should also watch for certain conditions to see if they should allow people into the water or not.

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