Water Safety Tips for Swimmers of All Ages

Swimming is an enjoyable way to keep cool in the summer heat in Thousand Oaks and swimming is also great cardiovascular exercise. However, a fun day at the pool or the beach can quickly turn to tragedy when accidents occur. To keep your family safe, follow some basic safety guidelines near bodies of water. The Emergency Room team at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center would like to wish our neighbors a fun and safe summer season.

Know How to Swim

Many people hang around pools despite never having had formal swimming lessons. It’s crucial to know the basics of swimming, including treading water, before getting in a pool. Some experts recommend enrolling children in age-appropriate swimming lessons as early as the first birthday, but swimming lessons are also available for adults and it’s never too late to learn how to swim.

Monitor Children Constantly

Poolside tragedies can occur in an instant. Children should be under constant adult supervision while in and near the water. If there is a large group of children enjoying the water, then it’s best if there are multiple adults to supervise them.

Use Life Jackets

Children and inexperienced swimmers can benefit from wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket, although this is not a foolproof way to prevent accidental drownings. Life jackets are particularly important when children and adults are enjoying a day out on a boat.

Avoid Alcoholic Beverages

Swimming and alcohol do not mix. Even slight intoxication can increase the risk of an accident. However, it is important to stay well hydrated while swimming outdoors. Keep a non-alcoholic beverage on hand to prevent dehydration.

When accidents do occur in the Thousand Oaks area, the Emergency Room team at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is available on a 24/7 basis to provide life-saving treatments. In addition to our Emergency Room services, our community hospital is a leading provider of cardiology care. Call 911 immediately for medical emergencies; all other general inquiries may be directed to a registered nurse at our community hospital at (877) 888-5746.

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