Swimming Safety Tips from the Red Cross

Swimmers at Rock 8

  • Learn to swim. The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim.
  • Never leave a child unobserved around water. Your eyes must be on the child at all times. Adult supervision is recommended.
  • Swim in supervised areas only.
  • Obey all rules and posted signs.
  • Watch out for the “dangerous too’s”–too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.
  • Don’t mix alcohol and swimming. Alcohol impairs your judgment, balance, and coordination, affects your swimming and diving skills, and reduces your body’s ability to stay warm.
  • Pay attention to local weather conditions and forecasts. Stop swimming at the first indication of bad weather.
  • Know how to prevent, recognize, and respond to emergencies.
  • The use of flotation devices and inflatable toys cannot replace parental supervision. Such devices could suddenly shift position, lose air, or slip out from underneath, leaving the child in a dangerous situation.
  • Parents should take a CPR course. Knowing these skills can be important around the water and you will expand your capabilities in providing care for your child. You can contact your local Red Cross to enroll in a CPR for Infants and Child course.