Swim safety tips this summer

Lifetime Fitness

(KUTV) -- Every day, about 10 people die from unintentional drowning in the United States. As we approach summer, it’s important for parents and kids stay educated on how to prevent drowning and stay safe in the water. Hope Christensen, Aquatics Assistant Manager at Life Time South Jordan, is here to provide tips to ensure you and your family have a fun and worry-free summer while in the water this year.

Tips to remember to stay safe in the water:

Establish a 1:3 swimmer to non-swimmer ratio.

  • Whether you’re with children or with a group of adults, it’s critical to ensure you limit the amount of non-swimmers you have in a group.
  • Having a 1 to 3 ratio of swimmers to non-swimmers will directly impact your ability to better supervise each non-swimmer.

Follow a 25:10 rule.

  • This is the most important rule we have at Life Time.
  • If someone cannot swim 25 meters continuously without assistance, ensure that an adult who can swim is within 10 feet of them at all times.

Maintain visual contact.

  • Keeping an eye on your friends, family or kids is the easiest way to ensure their safety.
  • A lifeguard may not always be on duty at your pool, and even if they're lifeguards are no substitute for maintaining visual contact and close proximity to your group.

Get CPR certified.

  • In case an emergency does occur, knowing how to perform CPR can save a life.

Take breaks at least every two hours.

  • Rest, rehydrate and reapply sunscreen before returning to the water for more fun.
  • Heat, UV rays, and dehydration can cause all sorts of physical problems, even if your activity level is very low.

For more information visit Lifetime.Life.com.