1 – Make sure everyone knows how to float and swim. Teaching kids some basic swimming skills and how to properly float can save lives. The YMCA offers swim lessons for people all ages.
2 – Wear a lifejacket. Even if you know how to swim. Even if you’re not in a boat. Even if the water doesn’t seem all that deep. Red Cross Alberta suggests that wearing a lifejacket could eliminate up to 90% of all boating-related drownings.
3 – Always supervise and never go alone. Practice the buddy system when going on or in open water and always supervise children when around water, even if it’s just a kiddie pool or bathtub.
4 – Recognize the current. It’s easy for someone to get swept away in a current or surprised by sudden drop-off. Be cautious when swimming in open water.
5 – Respect wildlife. Nature and bodies of water are home to a lot of wildlife. For your safety and theirs, respect their space and keep your distance from them.
6 – Protect your skin. Playing out in the water and sunshine is a lot of fun, but it also exposes your skin to rays and reflections. Slather on a high SPF and reapply every few hours.
As always, keep hydrated by drinking lots of water.
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