Now that summer is here, families will surely be flocking to beaches, water parks and resorts to make the most out of their vacation. But, to make sure that you'll have a safe and worry-free vacation, make sure to follow these swimming safety tips from the experts.
Whether you're heading to the beach or planning on swimming in a pool, knowing how to properly swim is very important. That's why every summer, water parks beach resorts and pool facilities offer their own summer lessons for both kids and adults.
"Drowning is actually the No. 1 cause of accidental death in children under the age of five, and it is the second cause of accident death in children under 14 in the state of California," Dakota Miller, the program director of Santa Clarita's Academy Swim Club told KHTS AM 1220.
"We just want every kid to learn how to swim, especially here in California where most people are surrounded by water," he added. "There's swimming pools in almost every backyard, so we just every backyard, so we just feel that it's really important to push that message and protect the kids from water as best that we can."
As for those who are not very good swimmers, they can still enjoy the water with the help of life jackets. According to Jeremy Christian, park manager of Adventure Landing, these are actually the best type of water aids kids and adults can use in pools or beaches. That's because life jackets are attached to their bodies and are very secure and stable as compared to ordinary floaties and inflatable tubes.
But, even with life jackets, it's also very important that parents or guardians always keep an eye on their kids when they're swimming. Also, they have to always make sure that the kids stay in the pool or water depth that's appropriate to their age and swimming abilities.
Another important factor that people should keep in mind when spending time on the beach or by the pool is to always stay hydrated. Oftentimes, people forget about constantly replenishing the fluids in the body when they're in these places because they're surrounded by water, according to My San Antonio.
However, dehydration can actually cause drowning and other accidents because the low levels of water in the body can lead to muscle cramps, which can then affect a person's ability to swim.