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How To Stay Safe in the Pool

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Water Safety for Beginners: How to Stay Safe in the Pool

Swimming is a fantastic way to stay active and beat the heat during the summer months – in fact, it’s a terrific way to keep fit and healthy all year round! Taking those first strokes in the pool can be exciting, however it’s essential for novice swimmers to prioritise safety in the water.

Learn to swim

The single most important factor when it comes to safely enjoying the pool is to learn how to swim; after all, basic swimming skills quite literally give you the tools you need stay afloat. Enrolling in swimming lessons with a certified swim teacher is the best way to acquire these basic skills. Knowing how to float, tread water, and perform basic strokes can greatly increase your safety in the water.

Know your limits

It’s important to understand and respect your swimming capabilities. Accidents around water often happen when beginners overestimate their ability through lack of knowledge and understanding. Stick to shallow areas of the pool and gradually work your way into deeper water as you gain the skills and confidence to do so. It’s not about fearing the water; you simply need to understand it and know your limits.

Supervision is key

Always swim in designated swimming areas, and if possible, swim where there are lifeguards on duty. Even if you are a confident swimmer, accidents can happen to anyone. Having trained professionals nearby can make all the difference in an emergency.

For beginners in particular, being under supervision while in the pool is essential. If you’re swimming in a private pool where there is no lifeguard on duty, implement a ‘buddy system’; having a friend or family member with you in the water means there is assistance at hand if you do run into trouble. Regardless of your level of ability, it’s best to never swim alone!

Floatation devices – a help or hindrance?

It’s tempting to reach for a floatation device when you’re a beginner in the pool, but it’s important to remember that they should never replace swimming lessons or proper supervision. Floatation devices, especially with young children, can lead to a false sense of security – so it’s important not to become reliant on them. That being said, they do have their place and in certain situations can provide a useful additional safeguard for some beginners in the pool.

Be mindful of pool hazards

Pools can have hazards such as slippery surfaces, uneven depths, or hidden objects. Be cautious when walking around the pool deck, and always check the depth before diving in; never dive into shallow water, or if you are unsure of the depth. Keep an eye out for other swimmers and be aware of your surroundings.

In addition, if you’re swimming outside, always apply waterproof sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses for additional protection whilst you are poolside. The sun reflection off the water makes it even easier to burn when you’re at the pool.

Stay safe, have fun!

Swimming is a fun and healthy activity for people of all ages, but it’s essential for beginner swimmers to prioritise safety. Learning to swim is the single most important safeguard you can put in place, and the best way to learn is with a certified instructor. At Aquastar Swim Schools, our Learn To Swim program caters for children of all ages and abilities, and we also offer a program for adults.

With proper precautions and respect for the water, you can enjoy the pool with confidence and peace of mind. Happy swimming!

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