Earlier this week, we took a good long look at the health benefits of swimming. Today, let’s get back to general safety. In this blog post, we’ll be discussing the best ways to stay safe while swimming.

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As you’ve learned from our earlier post, there are many reasons why swimming is considered to be one of the best exercise methods around. As we mentioned, swimming is the all-in-one workout that works your entire body. It is beneficial for people in almost any state of physical health. That said, water safety is critical. Before you decide to take a dip, it’s important that you understand how to stay safe while swimming.

5 Tips To Help You Stay Safe While Swimming

Now, before you hop into the pool, always be sure that you are prepared by following these simple steps:

The Buddy System: Never Swim Alone

  1. Never swim alone.
    There have been several incidents in which swimmers who swam alone (even some of the best ones around) drowned. Always make sure that there is a lifeguard present, that there are other swimmers present or, our favorite, that you have a swim buddy!
  2. Take breaks often.
    If you find yourself feeling winded, take a break and allow your body to get a quick rest. You can never be too safe when it comes to water safety, so don’t push yourself too hard.
  3. Stay hydrated.
    It is just as important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids while swimming as it is during any other workout. When we’re swimming, we can easily forget to stay hydrated because we are in the water. Place a water bottle next to the pool so you don’t forget!
  4. Start slow.
    Always warm up and start slow while you’re swimming. Many professional swimmers include a “warm up” in their workout routine. If you start out “guns blazing,” as if you were swimming in the Olympics’ 50-meter freestyle, you’ll quickly tire yourself out. So, start slow and build a steady pace as you go.
  5. Stretch before and after.
    Stretching is imperative to any workout routine. For the best results, try warming up your muscles before and after your swim. Taking the time for a quick 5-10 minute stretch will do wonders. Your body will thank you afterwards!

Understanding Water Competency

Wrapping Up

So there you have it. These are just a few easy tips to help you stay safe while swimming.

Above all, take control of your overall health. Before you approach the water, be sure you’re fully prepared. For instance, it never hurts to take swimming lessons or learn the importance of CPR training before jumping in the water. Swimming is a great time, but without proper preparation, it can be dangerous. To avoid this danger, follow the tips above to help you stay safe while swimming. You’ll be glad you did.