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posted by: LIT FIRST AID AND LIFEGUARD TRAINING on: August 27, 2018

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With an illustrious history dating all the way back to 1891, the UK’s Royal Lifesaving Society knows a thing or two about drowning prevention.
So when the lifesaving charity issues safety measures, it’s wise to sit up and pay attention, because they could mean the difference between life and death. We’re sharing the RLSS UK water safety guidelines below…
 

DON’T

  1. Swim at unsupervised (lifeguarded) sites;
  2. Jump into the water until you have acclimatized to the water temperature;
  3. Jump into the water from extreme heights;
  4. Swim into deep water which will be colder; or
  5. Ever leave children unattended near or in water.
 

DO

  1. Swim at supervised (lifeguarded) sites;
  2. Swim parallel with the shore, where you can quickly get to safety;
  3. Swim with friends or family so that you can help each other if you need to;
  4. Look for signs and advice about the specific dangers at the place where you are swimming;
  5. Think about what you will do if something goes wrong; and
  6. Contact a reputable outdoor pursuit or coasteering centre if you want to take part in more extreme activities.
 

DANGERS OF OPEN WATER INCLUDE

  1. The height of the fall or jump if tombstoning;
  2. The depth of the water – this changes and is unpredictable;
  3. Submerged objects may not be visible;
  4. Obstacles or other people in the water;
  5. Lack of safety equipment and increased difficulty for rescue;
  6. The shock of cold water can make swimming difficult and increase the difficulty in getting out of the water;
  7. Strong currents can rapidly sweep people away;
  8. Uneven banks and river beds; and
  9. Water quality e.g. toxic algal blooms and industrial/agricultural pollution.
  10. All of these hazards can be controlled through proper organization and planning.
 

IF SOMEONE IS IN DIFFICULTY IN THE WATER:

  1. Shout reassurance to them and shout for help and ensure the emergency services are on their way;
  2. Without endangering yourself, see if you can reach out to them, extend your reach with a stick, pole, item of clothing, lie down or stay secure. Alternatively, throw something buoyant to them such as a ring buoy, part filled plastic container, ball or anything that will float; and
  3. Keep your eye on them all the time and shout reassurance urging them to propel themselves to safety.

Stay one step ahead of the danger and improve your own water safety skills at an organization like LIT First Aid and Lifeguard Training. LIT offers all the first aid and lifeguard courses you need for a fulfilling career in aquatics. It has training facilities in Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond, Langley, Abbotsford, Port Coquitlam, Mission, West Vancouver and White Rock.
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