Take note of these swimming safety tips

2016-12-01 06:00

AS the warmer weather approaches and children are completing the final exams for the academic year, many visit beaches, lagoons, dams and even rivers to participate in the “pens down” celebrations.

It is also during this time that past experience has shown that the most drownings take place.

“It is alarming to us that in most of these incidents of drowning, the children were under no supervision by an adult or responsible person,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid.

Parents and children must take heed of the following:

•Don’t enter the water if you cannot swim.

•When visiting the beach, be aware of rip currents which can easily wash a person out to sea, and also unstable sand at rivers, river mouth and beaches. The water may appear to be shallow and safe to walk, but sand can suddenly give way and you can find yourself in deep water.

•Children should never be allowed to go swimming alone.

•Never swim after consuming alcoholic drinks.

Always swim in demarcated areas where there is a lifesaver on duty.

“We can prevent most of these tragedies if everyone takes the prevention of drowning seriously,” she added. - Supplied.

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