Guide to Staying Safe around Australian Waterways
21 December 2017
There's no denying Australians are blessed when it comes to
beautiful waterways to make a splash in. Pools, beaches, rivers and
lakes… You name it, we've got it!
But are you aware of the dangers that might appear when you
least expect it?
Thankfully the team at VACSWIM are here to help. Check out our
tips for staying safe this summer below.
Going to the beach with our friends and family is a staple
Australian summer activity. Whether you're planning to spend your
time in the water or soaking up the sun on the sand, knowing what
could happen, how to avoid it, and what to do in case of an
emergency is vital. Be sure to slop on some SPF 50+ sunscreen to
protect yourself from those rays, always swim between the flags,
and be aware of your surroundings including rips. Here are our
10 beach safety tips to keep you, and your children, safe this
summer. And for Surf Life Saving SA's beach safety tips, click
Knowing water safety skills are vital for anyone who spends time
by the pool. Unfortunately, there are many things that could go
wrong if you are not prepared. For example, did you know that
diving and jumping into the pool is a major cause of swimming pool
tragedies each year? Luckily, there are many steps you can take in
order to keep you and your family safe in the pool this summer,
including supervision, keeping a phone nearby (but not in your
pocket) and knowing your child's strengths. Here are our pool
safety tips for the whole family.
The river's flat, still surface can provide a false sense of
security - but it is important to know the dangers of this inland
water way, especially because most are not patrolled by lifeguards.
There are many things you can do to avoid danger, such as always
entering feet first, following any signs in the area, and making
sure children are supervised at all times. To learn about what can
go wrong, how to avoid these circumstances, and what to do in case
of an emergency, view Royal Life Saving SA's "
Respect the River" flyer.
Australian marine life is incredible, but we do need to express
caution when encountering these animals. With the possibility of
jellyfish stings, sting ray attacks and more, it is important to
know what to do if you find yourself in these situations.
Click here to see what to do in case of a marine animal
We also recommend taking a First Aid Course and knowing CPR. You
can arrange to take courses at a number of local places, including
Saving SA and
YMCA. And remember to have 000 on speed dial in case of any
We hope your family have a happy and safe summer making a