Swimming is not only a popular recreational summer activity, but it’s also great way to get in shape. Water workouts can improve endurance, flexibility and strength without the negative effects high impact activities can have on joints and bones.

But before diving in to your next water workout, consider some basic swimming safety tips. Thousands of drownings occur each year in the United States, many of which are preventable by taking a few simple precautions.  

Get familiar with the pool.

Make sure you read all of the swimming pool safety rules and find out if and when there will be a lifeguard present. Take note of the depth change – a steep drop off from the shallow end into deep water can be particularly dangerous if you’re not expecting it.

 

Take it slowly.

This is especially true if the pool is much larger than what you are accustomed to. A lap or two in a public pool will tire you out much more quickly than in a smaller backyard pool. You don’t want to find yourself exhausted and stranded in the deep end.

 

Carefully supervise children and use the buddy system.

Never swim alone or without a lifeguard present. Swimming safety dictates that if there are children in the pool with you, they must be supervised and within arm’s reach at all times.

 

Stay hydrated.

Just because you’re not drenched in sweat doesn’t mean you’re not sweating and losing fluid. Remember to drink plenty of water before and after a vigorous water workout.

 

Work out wisely.

If you feel dizzy, nauseous, too hot, cold or just “not right,” stop immediately and get out of the pool. Water workouts can turn dangerous very quickly if you become even slightly disoriented or otherwise impaired. Make sure to use all of the swimming safety and flotation equipment recommended by your instructor if you are in a group class or swimming lesson.


Follow these simple swimming safety tips to ensure your comfort and confidence in the pool. Aquatic exercise is a healthy option for almost everyone, including those with limited mobility. But remember – with any water workout, swimming safety should always be your primary concern.