The Importance of Water Safety

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.

Water Safety Week with High Performance Swimming

From Sunday 21st to Saturday 27th March 2021, High Performance Swimming is offering children the chance to join their WATER SAFETY WEEK! These lessons are also for non-HPSC swimmers, who are welcome to join for FREE! The lesson will also include a Free Swimming assessment for non-HPSC swimmers.

During this week, the swimming classes will focus on the importance of being safe in and around the water, and teaching swimmers the basic survival skills needed if they do fall into the pool with clothes on.

To join, you just need to book your spot online. Choose the location you would like to join from the links below, this will take you to the HPSC Online Booking page where you can sign up the swimmers details and choose the day you want to join the lesson.

What to bring to the lesson:

  • Regular swimwear
  • Old clothes worn over the swimwear (e.g. t-shirt, shorts, trousers, dress)
  • Old shoes which are allowed to get wet
  • A plastic bag

 

BOOK ONLINE

  • To join classes at REGENT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ( The Greens) please CLICK HERE
  • To join classes at SUNMARKE SCHOOL (Jumeirah Village Triangle) please CLICK HERE
  • To join classes at NORD ANGLIA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (Barsha 3) please CLICK HERE

 

We look forward to seeing you at the pool!