Tips for Pool Safety

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

June 16, 2005

Going for a dip in the water can be fun, but also dangerous.

"The other day my friend was drowning in the water in Chris Greene Lake and I went over to help him and he started drowning me, so I wasn't prepared for that," said Yama Azadzoi, a swimmer.

Luckily, 12-year-old Yama's mother was there to help. Although he's a great swimmer, Yama's situation could have turned much worse.

"I know I'm not a good swimmer, I cannot take a lifeguard’s place, but at least I'll be there to help him if, God forbid, something happens," said Yama's mother, Lilly Azadzoi.

No one should assume they can swim by themselves, no matter they're age or experience. Experts encourage swimmers to grab a swimming partner. They also suggest entering the water feet first, to avoid any spinal or head injuries, and remember horse playing and alcohol don't mix with water.

"That will impair our judgement, sometimes make us take some risks that we wouldn't do otherwise, "said Shelley Remaly, Aquatics Director for the Piedmont Family YMCA.

Also, remember to follow the water rules and be aware of how deep the water is. For parents, never solely rely on flotation devices to keep your child from drowning. These are just a few tips to keep your child safe. Studies have shown that most drowning accidents occur with children under the age of five.

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