Most of us grownups know the basics of staying safe around water and while swimming. However, we could all use a refresher, especially if we’re responsible for a kid or two at the beach or pool or on a cruise.
Water safety is no joke. It doesn’t matter if you’re hanging out in your backyard or traveling halfway around the world: You and your kids can encounter real dangers around water. Fortunately, you can keep everybody safe with a little preparation.
Read on to refresh your memory on the most dangerous things you should never do at the pool, near the ocean, or on a cruise.
1. Going by yourself
Whether you want to take a dip in the swimming pool or go sailing into the open ocean, you should always abide by the buddy system. Some time alone on the water might sound like a great way to clear your head. However, you always need to put safety first. Take a buddy with you, so you won’t find yourself without a helping hand should trouble arise.
And if you go to a beach with a lifeguard, don’t take it as a free pass to swim wherever you want. You need to stay within view of the lifeguard. If you can’t see them, they probably can’t see you, either.