Water related activities are among the most popular recreational pursuits enjoyed by individuals of varying skill levels and abilities. Apart from the social and health benefits gained from swimming and aquatic exercise, safety is one of the main reasons many people learn how to swim.
Knowing how to swim and survive a fall into water is undoubtedly an essential life skill. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children. Even a bathtub with a small amount of water can pose a threat for a child who is unprepared or uncomfortable around water. Most water related accidents can be avoided through smart decision making and by learning how to swim.
Familiarize yourself with this page and the resources available to educate you and your family about water safety.
- Always swim with a buddy
- Never swim alone. Even strong swimmers need to swim with a buddy. Swimming with a friend is safer and more fun! If you get into trouble, your buddy can help.
- Always wear a life-jacket
- Lifejackets only work when they are worn. Children and new or inexperienced swimmers should always wear a lifejacket in or around water.
- Always swim within arm's reach
- Children under five years of age should never be left alone in or around water, even for a moment. Children who are non-swimmers need to be accompanied into the water by an adult and kept within arms reach at all times.
- Always swim in safe places
- Always follow signage and check swimming conditions before.