Enjoying water-related activities at the beach or in a pool with your family can be a great way to be active and stay cool. Make the most of your time splashing in the water by following some simple advice to help prevent drowning or injuries. Here are a few ways to enjoy your day out in the water:
ALWAYS supervise children playing in or around water. Keep children within an arm’s reach. Never leave kids alone. If you have to leave, take your child with you.
Swim in areas with a lifeguard present. Lifeguards are always on the lookout for potential hazards, they can advise you on the safest place to swim, as well as places to avoid.
Always swim with a friend. When you swim with a buddy, if one of you has a problem, the other may be able to help, including signaling for assistance from others.
Protect yourself from the sun. Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays in as little as 15 minutes (CDC). To protect yourself, wear clothing that covers your skin or apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30. Reapply every two hours throughout the day and reapply immediately after swimming (Skin Cancer Foundation).
Drink lots of water. The sun can dehydrate you or cause heat exhaustion. According to the American Council on Exercise, to stay hydrated, drink at least 17-20 ounces of fluid two hours before an outdoor activity. After that, drink 7 to 10 ounces of fluid every 10 to 20 minutes during activity.
Visit these sites for more ways to enjoy a safe day at the pool or beach:
- What are Some Way I can be Safe in the Water? – Drowning prevention information and resources from MyHealthOC.org
- Orange County Fire Authority – Videos, information, and resources for drowning prevention
- Swimming Safely at the Beach – Helpful tips and resources for swimming safely at the beach or open waters from the American Red Cross
- Top Ten Beach and Water Safety Tips – Water safety information from the United States Lifesaving Association, a nonprofit association for beach lifeguards and open water rescuers
- How Can I Protect My Children From the Sun? – Sun protection information and resources for your children from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)