Several recent drownings led the Red Cross of Northern Nevada to offer these swimming safety tips:

  • If possible, swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guardapproved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone
  • Maintain constant supervision.
  • Make sure everyone in your family learns to swim well. Enroll in ageappropriate Red Cross aquatics and learntoswim courses
  • If you have a pool, secure it with appropriate barriers and make sure there is constant supervision.
  • If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
  • Have appropriate equipment, such as a reaching pole or life preservers.
  • Have your cell phone nearby if you need to call 911.
  • Protect your skin. Limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and wear sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15.
  • Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them as they will dehydrate.
  • Enroll in Red Cross  home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.