Water safety tips from Norfolk County

Knowing how to swim is a life skill and an essential part of staying safe and having fun. Check out these water safety tips to keep you and your family safe around the water.

  • Swimming lessons are the best way to learn essential swim survival skills to recover from a fall into deep water. Think you’re too old for lessons? There are programs designed for teens and adults as well.
  • With so many lakes and rivers, Canadians of all ages are avid boaters. Always wear a life jacket. It could save your life.
  • Never swim alone, regardless of age and skill level. Always swim with a buddy. A buddy can throw you a buoyant aid if you get into trouble.
  • When possible, wait into unknown waters to prevent injury.
  • Backyard pools are a great place to make family memories, but remember, if you are not within arms reach of your child in and around the water, then you’ve gone too far.
  • Drowning can occur in as little as 10 seconds, and it is silent.

Every drowning death is preventable. Take time to educate yourself and those around you to ensure you’re staying safe and having fun around the water.

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