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What You Need To Know About Water Safety

Nov 17, 2007
If you decide to go swimming this summer, there are a few things that you need to think about in order to keep yourself and your family safe.

If you decide to go swimming somewhere like a creek, river, or ocean, you need to realize that you are not the only one swimming there. While there may not be many other people there, there are probably other animals there and they probably do not like the fact that you are on their property. This can be anything from snakes to spiders and other wildlife, so you need to be careful and watch for them.

Know your local wildlife, especially poisonous ones like snakes and spiders, and know how to react if you are attacked by one of them. Jellyfish are particularly dangerous in the ocean and some varieties have been known to kill people, especially off the coast of northern Australia.

Another thing that you need to know if you are going swimming in an area where there are not a lot of people is CPR and other basic first aid techniques. These can save your life or the life of someone else and if you are taking your family to a place to swim alone with not much access to the outside world, this may be your only option if one of them gets hurt.

Never dive into the water unless you are absolutely sure of how deep it is. You cannot test this by just looking at the water. You need to physically test the depth of it before you do any diving.

It may not seem like a huge risk, but going barefoot near creeks and rivers may not be a good idea. Purchase some shoes that you can wear underwater. The reason for this is that some areas that you may want to go swimming in will have sharp rocks and even used drug needles. Take a good look around an area before you decide to take your family swimming there.

Make sure you and the rest of your family have the correct floatation devices for each person's level of swimming experience. If you are going boating, lifejackets are typically required in most states.

Finally, the most important thing to learn is how to swim. A large number of people do not know how to swim beyond the dog paddle, and while even this low technique can save your life, there are other and better ways to learn how to swim, especially if you are dealing with a rough current. A dog paddle may not always be able to sustain you. If you are having a hard time swimming, find someone who can teach you how to float. The human body is made of a large percentage of water and floating is fairly easy once you have practiced it for a while.
About the Author
Jim Corkern is a writer and promoter of
Hawaii Wet Crawl Space Flooding Emergency Service and
Nebraska Flood Damage Restoration
Which are Certified IICRC Water damage and mold remediation contractors.
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