Never underestimate the importance of water safety. According to NSC (National Safety Council) statistics, on average, about ten people die from drowning every day in the United States. Since each Ayres Hotel has a pool, and many of our hotel locations are close to the beach, it is our priority to emphasize and enforce water safety to prevent tragedies from occurring.
Precautions All Swimmers Should Take:
● Ensure the body of water matches your skill level: swimming in a pool is much different than swimming in the ocean, where the incoming tides require more strength and swimming skills.
● Do not dive or swim in unfamiliar areas: this is particularly important in oceans because there is the potential of harming yourself on sharp rocks. It is important to swim in designated areas that are supervised by lifeguards.
● Do not venture into deep waters if you do not know how to swim: swim lessons are available for all ages and skill levels.
● Never swim alone: make sure you swim when there is a lifeguard available or someone to supervise you.
● Do not try to fight a current: if you get caught in a current, do not fight it. Try to remain calm and float with it, or swim parallel to the shore until you can swim free.
● Do not consume alcohol while swimming: alcohol is oftentimes involved in a drowning because it impairs judgment and one’s ability to practice proper water safety.
● Wear a lifejacket: when you go boating or participate in a water sport, make sure you wear a life jacket.
Water Safety and Young Children
NSC statistics reveal that drowning is the leading cause of death of young children. Remember to always be aware and present while your child is swimming. The following includes a list of safety precautions to follow with young children:
● Never leave your child unattended: if you need to leave the area, take your child with you. Furthermore, do not rely on lifeguards -- they are not babysitters and cannot supervise every swimmer at every moment.
● Enroll your child in swimming lessons: while swim lessons reduce the risk of your child drowning, it is still essential to carefully watch over your child.
● Wear a lifejacket: young children and inexperienced swimmers should wear life jackets in addition to being well supervised while swimming.
● Asking permission: it is important to teach your child that they must ask permission to go near the water so that you are aware of their location.
● Receive CPR training in case of an emergency.
● If your child is missing, check the water first.