5 Basic Swimming Safety Tips

1. Never Swim Alone

Whether at the beach or in our Driftwood Lodge pool, make sure you never swim by yourself. Always have a buddy with you so you can keep an eye on each other. This tip is even more important when you’re swimming with kids. Never let him/her wander too far away from you or go to the deep areas. They might think that you’re being a killjoy, but let them know that safety should come before anything else.

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2. Don’t run around the edge of the pool

This warning is posted in public pools and it’s enforced for a reason. Pool edges always get wet and even if the floors are designed to reduce the risk of slipping, it doesn’t take it away completely. A slip can result in broken or sprained ankles or worse, you can bump your head and fall into the water. When you’re with kids, make sure they wear slip-proof footwear and make sure to walk with them. They may disregard the danger, but you should not.

3. Remember to blow bubbles

We may like going underwater and exploring the sea floor or play a game in the pool to retrieve a sunken toy, but remember that pressure builds around you as you go deeper underwater. Blowing bubbles underwater (expelling air through your nose) helps equalize the pressure inside your lungs. When you are swimming, you might be tempted to hold in all the air you have until you reach your limit. But the correct way is to exhale as you swim, and as you normally would when you’re out of the water. This ensures your lungs are not stressed from holding your breath all the time.

4. Make children wear flotation devices

They may be tacky and bulky, but floaties must be worn by children, especially when they’re just beginning to get a feel for the water. When coming to Zion kids will love the pool that Driftwood has, but they need to be safe. Kids have a tendency to get excited when they’re in the water, and despite your precautions, it won’t be unusual for them to slip from your grasp. These simple devices will help keep them afloat and will prevent them from going underwater even when they try to.

5. Don’t forget to stretch

Going into the water is like working out or running. The water provides natural resistance to your every action, so your muscles are constantly at work. Like any workout, you have to stretch properly to warm up to prevent cramping. Many incidents of near-drowning are attributed to a swimmer’s leg or stomach muscles cramping up, making the person unable to swim properly.