Whether you’re swimming or boating at the beach or in a pool, being in the water is a way of life during the summertime for Georgia residents, whether you are in-state of vacationing elsewhere. But the increased opportunities for fun in the water means an increased possibility of drowning and other water-related injuries. Here are some simple tips to keep you and your family safe on the water this season.
1. Know How To Swim
This may seem rather basic, but strong swimming skills are one of the best ways to prevent drowning. Swimming lessons can also teach water safety. Ensure that both you and your family members know how to swim before entering the water.
2. Take Water Safety And First Aid Courses
If you like boating, you should take a safety course. If you like swimming, take swimming lessons. All of these classes can help save lives. And all boaters and swimmers alike should take a first aid course. First aid knowledge can teach you how to take care of injuries and respond to emergencies while out on the water, keeping both you and your family safe.
3. Learn About Where You Will Be Swimming
Many spinal cord injuries are caused by swimmers diving into shallow water. In addition, many fatalities and injuries occur because swimmers and boaters underestimate the strength of the tides or current. Before heading out on the water, swimmers and boaters should familiarize themselves with the exit points, currents, water depths, depth changes and potential hazards of their location. Water-goers should also be knowledgeable of the weather conditions.
4. Respect Swimming Abilities
New swimmers and those who have been out of the water for a while should take it slowly. Avoid swimming in rough or deep water. New swimmers and young children should wear approved “floaties” or other approved floatation devices. They should also stay in shallow water or the shallow-end of the pool.
By following these four simple tips, you and your family can stay safe on the water and will know what to do in the event of an injury or emergency.
If you or a loved one has sustained any water-related injuries as the result of someone else’s negligence, you need a personal injury attorney to review your case and determine which parties may be at fault. Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Murphy & Garner, LLC. We understand the stress, pain and suffering that your injuries can have on you and your family, and will fight to get you the money you need to recover from your injuries.