Going for a swim is a fun time meant to be relaxing and enjoyable, but it is important to always keep your guard up in and around the water. Water can be a dangerous environment, even for strong and experienced swimmers. Always know your limits.
Before you get in the pool, the lake, or the river, check out the surroundings. Be careful not to go further into the water or deeper than you feel comfortable.
Even if you swim well, water can be dangerous in the wrong circumstances.
Keep in mind that swimming will tire you, so stay aware of the signs of fatigue. If you feel tired, head for shore.
Water is always a dangerous environment, no matter how confident you are in your swimming skill or strength. Always respect that danger and don’t let your guard down.
And, ALL children should be actively supervised the entire time the family is in or near water. Always designate a water watcher.
A Water Watcher is:
Assigned to watch children in the water, never leaving them unattended
Regularly scans the bottom of the pool
Conducts periodic headcounts for the number of children they are responsible for watching
Avoids talking on the phone or engaging in distracting, poolside conversations
Will call 911 and administer CPR in the event of an emergency
Can locate and know how to use all pool safety equipment onsite