Long Island, well-known for its many beaches and waterside views, is a great place to cool off in the summertime. Surrounded by both the Atlantic Ocean and the Long Island Sound no matter where you go you can find plenty of swimming opportunities on Long Island.
Whether you’re heading out to Jones Beach for a day of fun in the sun or playing a game of Marco Polo in the comfort of your own pool, water safety is a serious issue and it’s important to know some good water safety tips before taking the plunge.
Never Swim Alone: Whether you’re a novice swimmer or an expert swimmer it’s important to buddy up near the water. It’s very easy to become tired after swimming or cramp up unexpectedly. With a buddy present you can alert them right away if you’re feeling unwell. They can then help you to safety or call for more help if necessary.
Pay Attention to Depth Markers: Before jumping in the pool make sure to be aware of the depth markers on the pool sides. It’s very easy to accidentally jump into the shallow end of the pool, not realize and hurt yourself. Hitting your head and hurting your neck are common ailments of poor attention to pool depth.
Always Have Proper Supervision: At the beach and at home it’s extremely important to always have proper supervision. Never, ever leave children unattended near water. Make sure they are always in your line of sight, minimize any distractions, and teach them to ask for permission before going anywhere near the water.
Take Swimming Lessons: One of the best ways to ensure a safe swimming experience for yourself, and your children, is to sign up for a swimming class. The American Red Cross offers many swimming and water safety courses. While you’re there sign up for a first aid/CPR class as well!
Abide By Designated Swimming Areas: At the beach you will often see roped off areas and lifeguards frantically waving their hands and blowing their whistle at eager swimmers jumping the barrier. Listen to them! The lifeguards are there to keep you safe, not to ruin your fun, and those areas are roped off for a reason.
Walk, Do Not Run: Be sure to walk on the poolside, do not run. It’s easy to get caught up in the fun of cannonballs and belly flops but it is also very easy to slip and fall by the pool.
Make Sure to Enjoy the Sunshine Safely: Don't forget, the water isn't the only threat out there while you're enjoying the pool and beach. Be sure to practice sun safety, lather up the sunscreen, wear a hat to shade yoursef from the sun, and of course sunglasses to give your eyes a break.
Now get out there and start swimming, safely!
[Source: American Red Cross]