As the weather warms up, we are preparing to open our swimming pools & looking forward to heading to the beach very soon. May is National Water Safety Month, and the the perfect time to ensure you and your family are prepared to spend a fun, safe day by the water.
Contact your town Rec Department, the Cape Cod YMCA or Sandwich Community School to find out about appropriate swimming lessons for yourself or your child.
- Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
- Always swim with a buddy
- Never leave a young child unattended near water
- Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
- Establish water safety rules for your family and enforce them without fail.
- If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
- Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.
Now is the time to sign up for a swimming course and review water safety tips before summer arrives.
** Source American Red Cross & Pool Safely (CPSC)