Safety tips

  • Always supervise children near water.
  • Every swimmer should be with a buddy or supervised, and this applies to pools, lakes and rivers.
  • Check the weather and water conditions, especially in rivers and lakes.
  • Learn to swim and tread water.
  • Learn lifesaving skills (first aid and lifesaving courses).
  • Put secure, four-sided fencing and barriers around residential swimming pools and open water.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs, even in small amounts, when swimming.
  • Feet first, first time! Protect your neck and head – never dive into shallow or unknown water. Learn to do shallow dives. Twice your height is the safe depth for diving.
  • Identify water-related hazards (such as docks, rocks and logs) in your community’s waterways so that others will be aware of them.