Summer is almost here! The kids are ready for long, sunny days spent swimming in your Charlottesville apartment pool or floating on a nearby lake. Have the sunscreen at the ready and find your favorite swimsuit – it’s time to get in the water! While you prepare to enjoy the pool this year, remember your water safety skills for a fun, safe summer.
Swimming lessons are the most effective measure you can take to protect yourself and your children. Check the Parks and Recreation resources online for swimming lessons offered locally. Help your kids get excited about learning how to stay safe when swimming. In Charlottesville, visit the ACAC web site for a complete list of classes. Keep the following safety tips in mind around the pool:
• Never leave children alone or without supervision near water.
• Keep your phone available should you need to call 911.
• Keep lifesaving equipment nearby and be sure you know how it is used.
• Never swim at a public pool unless the lifeguard is on duty.
• Do not dive into water that is not clearly marked for diving.
• Children and inexperienced swimmers should swim in chest-deep water only.
• Place life jackets on small children around pools or deep water.
• Never allow children to run on pool patios or wrestle in the water.
• Do not swim when you are tired or if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
• Never swim during storms or bad weather. Lightning can be especially deadly in the water.
If you prefer to swim in the lake rather than the apartment pool, always remember these tips:
• Always swim with a friend, particularly in remote areas.
• Be aware of your energy level and be certain that you have the strength to return to your starting point.
• Never swim beneath docks, floating rafts, and boats.
• Do not jump into water heedlessly – landing on another swimmer can cause injury to you both.
• Never dive into water unless you know its depth; jump in feet first if you‘re not sure how deep the water might be.
• Do not swim in polluted or dirty water, even signs declare that it is safe for swimming. A smelly, littered dock or beach means you should not swim.
• Rivers and lakes may have strong undercurrents. Always swim within designated swimming areas at all times.
Grab your towel and head to the apartment pool! Knowing how to stay safe will ensure that you can enjoy a long, lazy summer by the water.