In the second installment of our Preparing for Summer Swimming series, we will discuss the importance of swimming in designated areas. Designated swimming areas have been approved specifically for public swimming. An example of this would be our pool at our B&C Aquatics locations, that is made available for recreational swim use. Designated swim areas can also come in the form of natural bodies of water (e.g. oceans and lakes).
Designated swim areas are vital because they’ve been properly examined to ensure the environment is safe for public swimming. Also, these areas have the proper precautionary measures in place to ensure safety, such as:
- Buoys or ropes to outline the area that is acceptable for swimming and anything past that is off limits.
- Lifeguards in place to keep watch over all swimmers and intervene should an accident take place.
But, before you hit the beach this summer for swimming, remember, accidents can happen even when you’re swimming in the right place! For instance, bad weather can make a designated swimming area no longer fit for use. Make it a habit to check the weather forecast, prior to heading to any aquatic environment. If bad weather is to expected, stay clear of that swimming area.
Recognize Your Swimming Environment
Where you’re swimming plays a big role in the overall swimming experience and potential hazards you’ll face. For instance, ocean waves have undercurrents that can push you further out into the water. You won’t have that same issue in a swimming pool. Also, the floor in a swimming pool is normally free of obstacles and with clear water, it’s easy to identify any potential obstacles; however, ocean and lake water isn’t always as clear, which means extra caution needs to be taken!
At B&C Aquatics, we take water safety very seriously and do our very best to educate the public on proper swimming knowledge as well as equip our swimmers with the skills to be successful in all bodies of water.