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Summer Swimming Safety Tips

By the time this issue goes to press, the majority of Central Florida schools will be on summer break. With the daily average temperature in Orlando averaging over 90 degrees during the summer, swimming is a popular way to help cool off during warm and steamy summer days. It is important to prioritize safety to ensure a fun and accident-free experience, especially for children. Here are some essential summer swimming safety tips:

  • Supervise constantly: Always have a designated adult present and actively supervise, especially when children are in or near water.

  • Swim in designated areas: Choose swimming locations that have lifeguards on duty and are designated for swimming. These areas are typically safer and provide professional assistance if needed.

  • Follow posted rules: Respect and follow any posted rules, including depth markers, no-diving signs, and other safety guidelines provided by the pool or beach authorities.

  • Use appropriate flotation devices: For non-swimmers or weaker swimmers, use approved flotation devices like life jackets or floaties. However, remember that these devices are not a substitute for supervision and swimming skills.

  • Be mindful of diving: If diving is allowed, always check the water depth first. Dive only in designated areas and make sure the water is deep enough to prevent any injuries.

  • Learn basic water rescue techniques: Familiarize yourself with the four main water rescue techniques: Reach, Throw, Row, and Go. Each of these methods has its own unique advantages and can be used depending on the situation.

Remember, swimming safety is crucial for everyone's well-being, so following these guidelines and encouraging others to do the same is essential. For additional support, look to organizations like Children's Safety Village, which offers FREE swim lessons at their facility near Barnett Park. Enjoy your summer swimming adventures while staying safe!

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