– Steve Jost May 11, 2024

There’s no better place to cool off and have fun than a swimming pool. Whether you’re enjoying a dip in your backyard pool, hitting the local community pool, or lounging at a resort, swimming pools offer a refreshing escape from the summer heat. However, amidst all the fun, it’s crucial to prioritize safety, especially when it comes to swimming pool water. May is National water Safety Month, so let’s dive into some essential tips for ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience in the water.

Supervision is Key: Never underestimate the importance of supervision, especially when children are involved. Designate a responsible adult as a designated “water watcher” whose sole focus is on supervising swimmers. This ensures that there’s always someone alert and ready to respond in case of an emergency.

Learn to Swim: Swimming is not just a fun activity; it’s a life-saving skill. Enroll yourself and your children in swimming lessons to learn proper swimming techniques and water safety skills. The confidence gained from knowing how to swim can prevent accidents and instill a lifelong love for aquatic activities. There are products available for children to assist with learning how to swim from their own backyard pool.

Pool Rules and Signs: Familiarize yourself with pool rules and regulations and ensure that everyone in your family understands and follows them. Pay attention to warning signs posted around the pool area, such as depth markers, “No Diving” signs, and emergency contact information. Advise guests to your backyard pool about your pool safety rules. If you are visiting a resort or another pool, observe their safety signage and obey their rules.

Stay Hydrated: While swimming keeps you refreshed and cool, it’s essential to stay hydrated, especially in the hot sun. Encourage regular water breaks to prevent dehydration and heat-related illnesses. Avoid alcohol consumption while swimming, as it impairs judgment and coordination.

Use Safety Equipment: Ensure that safety equipment, such as life jackets and flotation devices, is readily available, especially for inexperienced swimmers and children. Make sure they fit properly and are in good condition. Poolside rescue equipment, such as a shepherd’s hook or a reaching pole, should also be easily accessible.

Regular Maintenance: Proper pool maintenance is crucial for water safety. Regularly inspect and clean the pool, skimmers, filters, and drains to prevent clogs and maintain water quality. Monitor chemical levels regularly and adhere to recommended guidelines for pH, chlorine, and other sanitizers to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and algae.

Sun Protection: Don’t forget about sun protection while enjoying the pool. Apply sunscreen with a high SPF before heading outdoors, and reapply every few hours, especially after swimming. Wearing protective clothing, such as rash guards and wide-brimmed hats, also helps shield the skin from harmful UV rays.

Buddy System: Always swim with a buddy, regardless of age or swimming ability. Having a swimming companion provides an extra layer of safety and ensures that someone is there to assist in case of an emergency.

Know the Signs of Trouble: Educate yourself on the signs of distress in the water, such as splashing, gasping for air, or inability to stay afloat. Act quickly if you notice someone struggling in the water, and never hesitate to call for help if needed.

CPR Training: Lastly, but most importantly, learn CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). CPR can be a life-saving intervention in drowning emergencies. Enroll in a CPR certification course to gain the skills and confidence needed to respond effectively in critical situations.

By prioritizing safety and following these essential tips, you can ensure a fun and worry-free swimming experience for yourself, your family, and your friends. So, grab your swimsuit, lather on the sunscreen, and dive into summer with confidence, knowing that you’re well-prepared to enjoy the water safely.

About Dover Pools

Since 1976, Dover Pools has been Delmarva’s largest pool, hot tub, and swim spa dealer. Dover Pools has five locations conveniently serving Delmarva from Salisbury Maryland, Seaford, Milford and two locations in Dover. Dover Pools offers exceptional customer service, expert advice, free water testing, and quality chemicals, supplies, accessories, games, and toys for your backyard pool and hot tub. Whether you already have your own backyard oasis of are looking for a new above ground pools, hot tubs, or power pool swims spas; Dover Pools is here to help.