Active Swimming- Safety Briefing
It is vitally important that you swim safely! Do not take risks when it comes to water.
Swimming in the Active Zone should be relatively safe but there are always risks when water is involved so take note of these important rules.
KNOW YOUR ABILITY
- Do not swim in deep water unless you are confident.
- Take swimming lessons to perfect your technique.
- Do not over do it, take rests whenever needed.
- Be realistic and honest with yourself about your abilities.
Swimming in different places/environments can present some challenges
- Do not dive into unknown water or unknown depths.
- Check rules at commercial swimming pools and obey them!
- Check if a lifeguard is present/nearby.
- Manage you injuries and do not push yourself to hard.
- Take swimming lessons to learn more!
Water can be dangerous.
NATURAL BODIES OF WATER
- Look out for submerged rocks and branches.
- Research local animals and plantlife that could pose dangers.
- Never jump or dive into unknown water, check for depth and submerged items.
- Be aware of changing tides, strong currents, wind and changing temperatures.
- Never swim anywhere that has bathing prohibited signs.
Lakes, rivers and seas present more risks than pools
- Goggles can protect your eyes.
- Keep your hair dry and out of the way with a swimming cap.
- Towels for drying off and clean clothes to change into.
- Unless you intend to skinny dip, wear an appropriate costume or trunks.
- Nose clips can prevent water from entering your nose.
You might need a few pieces of equipment to make the most of your swim
Professional Training: Nothing can compare to professional training delivered by qualified trainers who can carefully guide you through how to safely learn and practice the required techniques in a controlled environment.
Medical Advice: Before taking part in a new sport or activity you should consult your doctor or other healthcare worker to identify any potential risks to your wellbeing. This is particularly important if you are pregnant, elderly, suffered previous injuries, suffering from a long term medical condition, or disabled. Whilst these conditions do not preclude you from taking part in most activities, getting advise can help you adapt to suit your individual needs.