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07 Dec 2018

Water Safety

During the months of December and January‚ drowning and other water related incidents peak due to the higher number of swimmers on holiday as well as the warmer weather. Here are some ways in which you can prevent a drowning incident as well as what to do if you witness a swimmer in danger.

- When swimming in the ocean make sure you listen to the lifeguards and swim only in the designated area between the flags. Do not go deeper than where you feel completely comfortable. 
- Before swimming in a lake or similar body of water be sure to check the depth of the water and make sure there is nothing dangerous nearby especially if you are planning on jumping in. 
- Never let children swim unsupervised
- Always swim with a buddy
- Never swim after drinking alcohol 
- If you are caught in a current, don’t try to fight it or swim against it. Swim parallel to the shore. 
- If you have a swimming pool at home be sure to install a gate and pool net or cover.

If you encounter a drowning in progress at the beach or other large body of water, notify the life guards and call 112 and state your emergency clearly explaining your exact location. If you encounter a near drowning at your residence, assist the victim out of the pool as soon as possible and call emergency medical services. Gardmed Ambulance Service can be contacted on 041 373 6777. While waiting for the ambulance have someone wait outside to flag the approaching vehicle down. If you are familiar with first aid or CPR initiate compressions if required.