As the weather warms, people are flocking back to their favorite beaches, water parks, and swimming pools. Keeping swimming safety tips in mind can help you prevent swimming pool accidents while spending time with your friends and family.
Each year, diving and swimming pool accidents account for a significant number of water injuries. Drowning is the 5th most-common cause of unintentional death in the United States. Many of these drowning accidents take place in the seemingly innocuous setting of a home pool. However, a number of swimming pool accidents can be avoided by learning safe diving techniques and swimming pool depths.
Dangers of Diving into Swimming Pools
Although swimming pool accidents can stem from a variety of causes, diving into a swimming pool can be one of the riskiest forms of swimming pool play. This is particularly true in the case of teenagers. According to a 16-year study published by ABC News in 2008, approximately 6,500 adolescents end up in the emergency room each year as a result of diving into a swimming pool.
Children between the ages of 10 and 14 were the most likely to experience swimming pool accidents as a result of diving. Additionally, boys are particularly likely to experience a swimming pool injury as a result of an unsuccessful dive.
There are a couple of hypotheses as to why adolescents are particularly likely to experience an injury from diving into a swimming pool. One line of thinking is that children’s bodies and sense of confidence tend to mature faster than their sense of coordination. For many children who are only in diving into a swimming pool during the summer months, this can mean that they lack the correct form for performing a successful dive.
Although swimming pool accidents among adolescents may result from improper diving form, it’s possible that many avoidable diving injuries come about as a result of insufficient guidance by parents and guardians. Parents are very likely to be protective of their toddlers, who may or may not know how to swim. However, they may be less likely to attend to their teen’s swimming pool fun with the same level of engagement.
Reducing Swimming Pool Accidents
Here are some tactics that will help limit swimming pool accidents as a result of diving:
- If you have a child between the ages of 10 and 19, be aware of their increased risk of a swimming pool diving accident, especially if they are male. Compensate for this risk with increased supervision and clearly defined swimming pool safety rules.
- Just as children need to be taught how to properly swim, they also need to know how to properly dive. Either teach children proper diving techniques, or make sure they receive lessons from a trained professional.
- Adults are also susceptible to swimming pool accidents. Don’t mix alcohol and swimming, especially when diving into a swimming pool.
- If you own a pool, make sure that the water in it is clear. Additionally, make sure that the different depth zones of the pool are noticeably marked. If no portion of your pool is of a suitable depth for diving, make sure that this fact is clearly marked as well. Simply knowing the design, layout, and depth of your pool can help your family prevent diving and swimming pool accidents.
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