CannonballSplashing, wading and paddling means a great day at the pool, lake and ocean this summer. What could be better than a dip in the water on a hot day? Nothing that I know of.

-It is important to remember that the sides and bottom of the pool are (usually) made of concrete, a rock hard material. A slip or fall can be painful and dangerous.

-A lake bottom and the ocean floor can have a “drop-off” that you are not aware of.

-Never run on the pool deck. You can slip and fall on the wet deck and hit your noggin. Just sayin. That is why the lifeguards are always yelling “no running”.

-Never swim alone. (FYI: I have never been swimming alone. Ever.)

-Swim close to the lifeguards. They cannot help you if they cannot see you.

-Know where all the depth markers are located. They tell you how deep the water is at all points. Don’t know? Ask the lifeguard. No lifeguard. Don’t swim there!

-The American Red Cross has this cute saying “look before you leap”. The water may not be as deep as you think. You might be knocked out or injure your neck very badly. Know where you are jumping or diving at all times!

-Know the temperature of the water. Cold water can shock your body and make your blood pressure and heart rate go up. Also cold water can cause leg cramps or worse.….hypothermia.

-Always follow the rules at the pool, lake and ocean. (Tip: following the rules is always a good idea no matter where you go).  🙂

-Beach balls, floats and air mattress come in many shapes and sizes. They are lots of fun but they are not rescue devices.  They are toys and float away. Learn to swim.

-Do not chew gum or eat while you are swimming. Why? You could choke!

-Going Paddle boarding or surfing? Use the ‘leash’ that is provided for your ankle. When you fall off and you ‘most’ likely will, the paddle board or surfboard will float away. What if it is a windy day and you do not have the ‘leash’ on your ankle? You will be stranded out on the cold lake or ocean watching the board float away. Happens every year.

-Wear a life jacket when you are paddle boarding or kayaking. Here is a real head scratchier. I have seen people with life jackets on their dogs and they do not have a life jacket on. No one is that good a swimmer to go without a life jacket while paddle boarding or kayaking.

-Do you have your own pool? Hire a life guard when you have a pool party. Those margarita’s catch up with you. Safety. Safety. Safety.

-Learn CPR and First Aid.

-Learn to swim.

-Stay hydrated.

-Use sunscreen.

-These are just some general guidelines. There are many others. Please be safe this summer and have fun for another day.