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Safety First for Aquatics-Related Activities

Most aquatics-related accidents can be prevented.

Some Points of Safety Afloat and Safe Swim Defense

  • Qualified Supervision
    • All aquatics activities should have supervision by an adult, 21 or older, who is responsible and trained in Safe Swim, Safety Afloat, First Aid and CPR
  • Personal Health Review
    • Health history. Are there any restrictions on the part of the participant?
  • Physical Fitness and Swimming Ability
    • How proficient of a swimmer is the participant?… be truthful and honest
  • Personal Flotation Equipment (PFE)
    • Properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices (PFDs) must be worn by all persons everyone engaged in boating activities and other aquatics-related activities
    • Activities on the open water (rowing, canoeing, sailing, boardsailing, motorboating, waterskiing, rafting, tubing, and kayaking.
    • Type II and III PFDs are recommended
  • Buddy System
    • Make sure everyone (adults and youth) is accounted for, especially when in the water
    • Participate in activities with two or more in number (adults and youth) and with proper adult supervision
  • Physical Fitness
    • Assess abilities truthfully
    • Ability groups: Non-swimmers, beginners, proficient swimmers
  • Skill Proficiency
    • Everyone in an activity afloat must have sufficient knowledge and skill to participate safely
  • Safe Swim Area
    • Check all waterfront areas for rocks, stumps, branches deep holes, and currents. Avoid these areas
    • Water clarity
  • Rip Currents
    • Be aware of rip currents and how to calmly and safely get out of them
    • Rip currents are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water that can move at speeds of up to eight feet per second, faster than Olympic swimmers
    • Panicked swimmers often try to counter a rip current by swimming straight back to shore, putting themselves at risk of drowning because of fatigue
    • If caught in a rip current, don’t fight it! Swim parallel to the shore and swim back to land at an angle
  • Planning
    • Plan
    • Local Rules
    • Communication
    • Check for weather and contingencies as needed prior to your activity
  • Equipment
    • All craft must be suitable for the activity
  • Discipline
    • Remember that rules are only effective when they are followed
  • Lifeguard(s) on duty
  • Lookout
    • Station a lookout where he/she can see and hear everything in all areas

Last updated on June 30, 2023

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