[5/15/17] Water Safety Tips

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  • Be Safety Aware
  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards
  • Always swim with a buddy
  • Actively supervise children when ever around the water
  • Do NOT use alcohol and or drugs before or while swimming, diving, or supervising swimmers.
  • Everyone in your family should learn to swim well by enrolling them in age-appropriate learn-to-swim courses. 

             1. Swim Manson Bay   670-5330

             2. Brewster Swimming Pool  689-6689/689-3464

             3. Wagner Memorial Pool in Twisp  509-997-5441

  • Have weak swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets whenever they are in, on or around water.  DO NOT relay on water wings or inflatable toys, they can suddenly deflate, which could lead to a drowning situation. 
  • The practices of hyperventilation before underwater swimming and extended breath-holding in the water are dangerous and potentially deadly activities.  These activities can put the body in a state of hypoxia  a condition in which the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply. 
  • Body temperature drops more quickly in water than on land, and it doesn’t take long for hypothermia (when body loses heat faster than it can produce it) to set in.  If someone is shivering or has muscle cramps, get him or her out of the water immediately. 
  • Swimming in a pool is different from swimming in a lake or the ocean, there are different hazards for each.
  • Be aware of water and weather conditions: Fast moving currents, waves and rapids, even in shallow water.
  • Leave the water at the first signs of Thunder & Lightening, if outside avoid open areas, tall isolated trees or metal objects.  
  • Appoint a designated watcher to monitor children during social gatherings at or near pools.  
  • Don’t think you’ll hear a child who’s in trouble in the water; child drowning is a silent death, with no splashing to alert anyone that the child is in trouble.
  • You should have rescue equipment such as a ring buoy with an attached line and/or a light, strong rigid pole not less than 12 feet long to assist in removing a child from the water. 
  • Have a telephone close by when you or your family is using a pool or spa.    
  • Learn to perform CPR on children and adults and update those skills regularly. 
  • Teach children basic water safety tips and these five water survival skills:

              1. Step or jump into water over their heads and return to the surface

              2. Float or tread water for ONE Minute

              3. Turn around in a full circle and find an exit

              4. Swim 25 yards to exit the water; and exit the water.  If in a pool, be able to exit without       using the ladder.       

Get outdoors and have fun this summer and be safe.

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