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Practicing Pool Safety

Updated on December 15, 2015
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Hanging out at a public pool is a great way to cool off and relax during the summer. Still, people do drown when they are not careful. By keeping a few things in mind, you can safely enjoy hours of fun splashing around.

Wear Sunscreen. Not only are sunburns really painful, but they can lead to major skin problems when you are older like sun spots or even cancer. Reapply every two hours especially if you have been in the pool. Don't forget to cover your face. Get someone to help you with the spots you cannot reach.

Do not go into the deep end unless you can swim really well. Most swimming pools require children to take a swim test before they can enter the pool, especially anything over four feet. You might think you can swim for long periods of time, but swimming is hard work when you can’t stand up and take a rest.

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Pay attention to the lifeguard on duty. They have been trained in swimming and pool safety. They are there for your protection and are looking out for everyone in the pool.

Never swim by yourself, no matter how old you are. Accidents can happen and many people who are proficient swimmers drown every year because they swam alone and something happened. Never assume that a lifeguard is going to be at the pool you are going to and always bring a friend with you to go swimming even if they don't want to get wet. Having someone there in case of an emergency makes all the difference.

Stay hydrated. Swimming like any exercise causes you to sweat. You might not feel like you are sweating because the water cools your body as you swim and washes away the sweat. Hop out of the pool and get a drink of water every hour. This will also help you to remember to reapply sunscreen.

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Know when to get out of the pool. If you start to feel light headed or dizzy, take a rest on a lounger. Remember that although swimming is fun, it is a form of rigorous exercise and hard work. Taking a rest lets you stay at the pool longer and stops you from tiring out in the water where you can drown. It is okay to swim in the rain, but leave the water if lightning strikes. Electricity is attracted to the minerals in water and pool water is very rich in those minerals. If you see any lightning even if it is far in the distance, get out of the pool immediately and wait for it to go away from sight.

Only dive in water that is at least 10 feet deep. Someone who is diving is shaping their body to go down really far really fast. You never know how far down your body will go when you dive until you hit the bottom too hard. You will at least bump your head but far worse can and most likely will happen.

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