Safety in Aquatic-Related Activities

Instructor: Sarah Friedl

Sarah has two Master's, one in Zoology and one in GIS, a Bachelor's in Biology, and has taught college level Physical Science and Biology.

Water sports and activities are a great way to spend time with friends and family. Being safe during these activities can help prevent accidents, making the time spent on the water more enjoyable for you and everyone else.

Water Safety

Ahh, it's summer! Time to go to the pool with your friends and enjoy a day of fun in the sun. But not so fast! Water activities can be tons of fun but they can also be dangerous. The good news is that it's easy to be safe around the water while still enjoying your activities. I know that 'fun' isn't exactly what comes to mind when you think of safety, but stick with me and I'll show you how the two really do go hand-in-hand.

Know How to Swim

One of the best ways you can enjoy the water is to learn how to swim. This is just like anything else - if your friends ask you to play a game of cards and you don't know the rules, it's not going to be very enjoyable for you is it? But if you know how to play then you can really get into the game. Learning how to swim affords you the same enjoyment when it comes to playing in the water. If you know how to swim, you can hang out in the water just like everyone else.

Swimming with a friend is a great way to be safe around the water
Kids playing in the water

On the flip side, it's also good that the people you are with know how to swim too! The extra advantage here is that there's safety in numbers. Accidents can still happen even if everyone is being careful. Having extra people around means that if something does go wrong, there's someone who can go get help.

Lifeguards are Your Friends

And who is the best person to get help from? A lifeguard of course! These folks are specially trained to help when accidents do occur around a pool or other aquatic areas. They know CPR and other life-saving techniques, and they are constantly watching you and others in the area so that they can act quickly in case someone starts drowning, gets caught by a riptide, or is involved in other types of accidents.

Lifeguards are also there to help prevent accidents from occurring in the first place. When a lifeguard tells you not to play so rough, run on the pool deck, or dive in the shallow end, I promise they're not trying to take away your fun. They're just enforcing some basic safety rules that will allow you and everyone else to enjoy the day as much as possible without getting hurt.

Adults are also a great safety resource for water activities. Adults can get help, assist lifeguards if need be, and can keep an extra eye on kids around the water. Adults can also help kids learn the rules of water activities and reinforce safety prevention.

Protecting Your Skin & Body

Life vests keep you afloat and make you visible on the surface of the water.
Life vest

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