Spending time at the swimming pool or enjoying a day at the beach are both great ways to relax with friends and family. In Dubai, it’s especially a good way to escape the heat. But, what happens if you unexpectedly fall into the pool with clothes on? What would happen if there is no one watching you swim in the sea? Accidents can always happen! This is why it is important to understand and learn the basics of Water Safety.
Young swimmers are most at risk and being in the water can even be dangerous, so here are a few tips on how to be water safe:
- Never go to the pool alone or unsupervised
- Children under 12 should always be watched when swimming. You can assign a “Water Watcher” who will keep an eye on the kids swimming at all times.
- Children who do not know how to swim should wear appropriate floating aids
- Never push people into the pool
- Don’t trust children to look after other children
- Keep young children within arm’s reach
- Have a parent or adult who is able to swim near the children in case a swimmer needs help
The best way to prevent accidents is to take children to swimming lessons to learn how to swim from a young age. Children as young as 3 can already learn how to swim independently, so starting to learn this life skill as soon as possible is very important.
What to do in case of falling into the pool with clothes on
Even people who know how to swim may not know what to do in the event of falling into the water with clothes on. Wet clothes can become incredibly heavy in the water, making it difficult for someone to swim and tiring out the person very quickly. The first step in this event is to not panic. Stay calm and try to float by yourself. Once you are floating, you can either start kicking to the wall (if the wall is close enough) or start to shout for help.
Swimming Lessons with High Performance
At High Performance Swimming, we aim to teach all children how to be Water Safe. From our first swimming level, we start teaching children how to be independent in the water by teaching skills such as:
- Floating by themselves on their front and back
- Being able to turn from their front into a back float
- To always swim towards the wall
- Blowing bubbles from their nose and mouth
- To never panic in the water
Panicking can greatly increase the chances of an accident happening. When a child starts to panic in the water, they will tend to open their mouth, letting water inside and making it hard for them to breath. We teach swimmers to be confident in themselves and to never panic in deep or shallow water. Instead, children should relax and float on their back. This will give other people, such as a lifeguard, the chance to grab the swimmer and bring them to safety.