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National Water Safety Month

Safety Tips for Swimmers of All Ages

We are already into the second week of National Water Safety Month, an annual awareness campaign coordinated by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals with support from the National Recreation & Park Association, the American Red Cross and the World Waterpark Association. Those of us who are members of the poolfyi community know the pool lifestyle is fun. As pool owners, we also know we are responsible for the safety of anyone who visits our pools. Sometimes our guests aren’t familiar with water safety considerations. The best way to ensure everyone has a safe, enjoyable pool visit is to plan ahead and make sure your guests understand your pool rules. This week, we are going to review some general safety tips for swimmers of all ages:

  • Know your swimming limits and stay within them. Don't try to keep up with a stronger skilled swimmer or encourage others to keep up with you. 
  • Watch out for the "dangerous too's"—too tired, too cold, too much sun, too much strenuous activity. 
  • Obey "no diving" signs and NEVER dive into an aboveground pool. 
  • Keep rescue equipment (pole, rope and personal flotation devices) by the pool.
  •  Keep a phone poolside. Program the phone with emergency phone numbers and/or post emergency phone numbers in your pool area.
  • Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and basic first aid. Post CPR instructions in your pool area. (contact your local Red Cross Chapter to find a class in your area).

I hope this list of tips helps you prepare for a fun and safe pool season. You can get even more safety tips by visiting the National Water Safety Month website. What are some of your top safety tips? Please tell us by commenting below. Thanks for reading and I look forward to chatting with you poolside.