Water Safety

Water Safety

N.B. For information on Quality of Water, Water Testing,and Blue -green Algae see Lake Steward’s Notes.

From the Canadian Red Cross

Swimming
  • Preparation and prevention is the key to safe, enjoyable water related activity.
  • Be aware of your limitations. Don’t go beyond your ability.
  • Learn proper swimming and safety techniques by enrolling children in Canadian Red Cross water safety classes.
  • Children should wear a PFD when they are in, on and around the water – no matter how shallow.
  • Supervision around the water is a full-time job, with no time off.
  • Parents need to set an example by wearing PFDs and demonstrating water safe behaviour.
  • Know the signs of hypothermia.
Diving
  • Neck and back injuries are common after diving incidents and can result in permanent paralysis.
  • One of the major causes of spinal injuries is drinking and diving. Young men are at greatest risk.
  • The majority of backyard pools are NOT designed for diving.
  • Never dive into above ground pools.
  • Think before you dive.
  • Ensure water depth is at least 10 feet deep. Remember the depth of lakes or oceans can change due to tides or seasons.
  • Ensure water is deep enough for the entire path of the dive, and that no rocks or debris are in the way. The length of a typical dive depends on a variety of factors, such as height of dive and size of diver.
PFD – Personal Flotation Device

For the Red Cross PFD Checklist, click HERE.

Organization Link
Canadian Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety tips
Canada Safety Council Water Safety Tips for Parents