Team Destiny Planners wishes to extend happy Summer greetings to all visitors to our blog. This is a time when thousands flock to the beaches to share memorable moments with family and friends at the beach and sometimes at the river. It is our sincere wish that everyone will enjoy the holiday weekend and return home safely to their families.
The present situation at most of our beaches is that Lifeguards are not present to supervise and to assist in the event of a drowning incident. We urge all sea goers especially to practice extreme caution when venturing into the surrounding oceans and seas. This is also a time when many who cannot swim or who do not frequent the ocean will join sea excursions and pleasure cruises on boats. Operators of sea vessels must ensure that lifejackets (PFDs) are available for each passenger and crew on their boats.
Anyone can drown. Even strong swimmers can succumb to water, ailments or injuries and find themselves unable to cope with their situation in a body of water. The knowledge of water safety tips as well as the practice of personal safety procedures are important to help preserve life and to prevent injury.
- Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
- Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!
- Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
- Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear proper life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
- Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, do not allow children to have breath-holding contests.
- Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around water including rivers, ponds and even inflatable pools.
- If you are going on a boating, wear a life jacket!
- Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.
- If you have an above-ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover whenever the pool is not in use.
- Remove any structures that provide access to the pool, such as outdoor furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls and playground equipment.
- Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.
- Maintain constant supervision; actively supervise kids whenever around the water—even if lifeguards are present.
- Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
- If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
- Be aware of rip currents. Rip currents start from the beach and can pull you out far into the sea. They can be identified by a long brownish line of water, criss-cross waves and debris or garbage in specific areas.
- If you encounter small potholes while walking in the water turn back. Small potholes often lead to large sinks or dips in the ocean floor.”
- Weak and non-swimmers should avoid the use of floatation devices as they present a false sense of security. These devices drift easily when faced with breeze and currents and can take the swimmer into dangerous waters.
- Do not swim past buoys as they are there to protect swimmers from passing boats.
- Pay attention to coloured flags in the water. Red and yellow flags denote patrolled areas and are safe for swimming. Red flags signify dangerous waters.
- Pay attention to lifeguard whistles and warnings. Co-operate with lifeguards to ensure your safety.
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