Swimming is one of the most effective full body workouts ever. Diabetics, arthritic people and even pregnant and old people can get some cardio through swimming. You only have to look at how fit and trim most swimmers are. And the best part is you are already in water, so what’s a little sweat you don’t feel? But as effective as swimming is at burning fat, its still a very risky sport if done wrong or unsupervised.
Swimming encompasses all age groups and a lot of people are introduced to swimming from a young age. The sad reality is that lots of young children and even matured swimmers lose their lives to swimming. Drowning is touted as a leading cause of death in kids aged between 1 and 4. So, if you or any member of your family will be involved in swimming, its important to know some basic safety precautions.
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Children and Inexperienced Swimmers
Children are the most common victims of drowning, both in pools and natural waters. Always ensure to keep all kids in view when swimming or near a large body of water. Even with the use of swimming aids; floaters, neck rings and the like, an experienced swimmer must always keep an eye out. The aids aren’t life-savers.
- Always learn about and teach young children about swimming and water safety before going near a pool or body of water.
- Sign up for first aid skills and make sure to have an experienced swimmer or better yet a lifeguard around.
- If you can swim try taking some raining on basic lifesaving skills.
- All young children and inexperienced swimmers should have on an approved life-jacket or personal flotation device when they are in or around water.
- When choosing a place to swim, check out all the health and safety guidelines to make sure you are following them.
- If you are at the beach or open water, be sure to know about water pollution and strong currents before getting in.
- It takes ust a few minutes for a kid to drown even in shallow water, always closeup all water sources when there is no adult around.
- Always take a shower before and after getting in a pool. You don’t want the chlorine staying on your skin for long, it won’t be pretty.
- Keep emergency numbers and kits close by.
- If you have a pre-existing medical condition talk to your doctor about what technique is best,
- Never take chances, if you are just learning and you are alone always start at the shallow end.