Tips for Adults and Swimming
Did you know that more adults die from drowning each year than children? In fact, the CDC says that “every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger.”
This means that 80% of those are adults. This is why it’s important to remember you’re never old enough to swim alone.
In this article, we look at tips for adults and swimming. First, let’s look at why drowning rates are so high among adults.
High Drowning Rates
- People often over-estimate their swimming abilities.
- Water conditions such as the depth, temperature and unseen objects are also underestimated.
- Adults may be taking medications that inhibit judgement.
- Alcohol and drugs are sometimes a contributing factor.
- Adults don’t use life jackets often enough.
Yet, the most important take-away is that the most common thread among adult water accidents is the rate of adults swimming lone.
No matter your age, you shouldn’t swim alone. We teach children they have to swim with a buddy and have a water watcher. This is true for grown-ups, too.
Just because you’re over the age of consent doesn’t mean you are drown-proof.
We suggest you abide by two swimming rules:
- Never swim alone.
- Never swim impaired.
Any time you are getting in the swimming pool, or the hot tub, make sure a family member or friend knows you are doing so.
Avoid taking any medication (prescription or over-the-counter) before getting in the water. The last thing you want is to feel drowsy while swimming or soaking. And, always avoid alcohol when swimming.
Finally, it’s a good idea to remove all trip and fall hazards around the pool. Get rid of unnecessary clutter and keep your pool deck area clean.
You might also consider installing a safety bar if you don’t have one to make getting in and out of the pool easier.
Have a safe swimming season!