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Swimming Pool Safety and You – Part 2

In the majority of residential swimming pools and swimming areas, adults are usually placed in charge of supervising swimmers. And, while most swimming pool safety literature is geared towards the supervision of younger swimmers, it’s important to also consider the safety of adults.

Swimming Lessons for Adults?

In Canada, over 400 lives are lost annually through water-related incidents, with even more landing up in hospital after almost drowning. The good news is that swimming-related injury is completely preventable.

According to a recent article in the Guelph Mercury, in Ontario the majority of drowning victims are between the ages of 18 and 49. When factors such as alcohol and not wearing a life-jacket in a boat are eliminated, not knowing how to swim is the reason many adults find themselves in trouble in the water. Newcomers to Canada are also more likely to not know how to swim.

Most swimming pool bylaws in Ontario, such as having a swimming pool completely enclosed by a locking fence, are meant to protect small children as opposed to adults.

But more and more adults are taking swimming lessons specially-designed for them. The City of Toronto has a number of swimming programs for adults’  that run throughout the summer.

Recognizing the signs of someone in distress

The signs of someone in distress while swimming are not always as obvious as one might think. Television and movies lead us to assume that someone who is in trouble while in a swimming pool or other body of water will be flailing, splashing and making lots of noise, drawing plenty of attention. In reality, this is just not the case.

When someone is in distress while swimming, they may be unable to speak because they are trying to catch their breath. In fact, they may not be able to call out at all.

When drowning, flailing of the arms in the air or splashing is rare because the person will instinctively have their arms down, trying to push themselves out of the water.

Someone who is in trouble in a swimming pool may be completely upright in the water, gasping, have their eyes closed or their head low in the water with their mouth at water level. They may seem like they are trying to swim but are not going anywhere.

Recognizing the signs of someone in distress can mean that you are able to assist them or get help that much sooner, which can save lives.

Have a safe and fun summer!

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