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Water Safety Tips for the Summer


Teaching America to Swim:  Though people have probably been swimming and almost as long as they have been on earth, swimming for fun is a relatively new idea.  The first municipal pool in the United States was built in 1887, at a time when more and more Americans also found themselves on the waters for both recreation and transport.  Over the next few decades, the result was an alarming loss of life by drowning.

Changing With the Times: Much has changed in the past century, but water presents the same hazards—and with the creation of new water recreation options such as home swimming pools, water parks and spas, additional worries. Yet in our hectic times, water also presents wonderful opportunities for relaxation and recreation.

General Water Safety Tips

If you haven’t taken a swimming or water safety course lately, perhaps you’d like a short refresher on basic water safety:

  • 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 supervised areas only.
  • Obey all rules and posted signs.
  • Watch out for the “dangerous too’s”–too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.
  • Don’t mix alcohol and swimming. Alcohol impairs your judgment, balance, and coordination, affects your swimming and diving skills and reduces your body’s ability to stay warm.
  • Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts. Stopswimming at the first indication of bad weather.
  • Know how to prevent, recognize and respond to emergencies.

For more information about Water Safety, please contac the Chapter at (850) 878-6080 or visit


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This entry was posted on June 18, 2009 by in Health & Safety.

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