Adult Swim: Staying Safe in the Water


You’re never old enough to swim alone.

More adults and teens lose their lives in the water than children each year. And men make up 80 percent of those who drown each year.

What makes adults most at risk?

  • Over-estimating swimming ability
  • Water conditions such as temperature, depth, current, or items below the water
  • Judgment impaired by alcohol, drugs or medication

Swimming morning laps at the pool is great exercise and taking the boat out on the weekend is relaxing, but are you being safe? While an adult may not feel like they need a “swim buddy,” it’s still wise to have a friend our family member with you in case something happens.

To keep you and your family safe and avoid traumatic injuries this summer, here are some safety tips you should follow: 

  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards, especially at the beach or lake.
  • Don’t take medications that make you feel drowsy or loopy before you enter a pool, hot tub or body of water.
  • Tell a family member or friend when and where you are swimming.
  • If you have a pool, secure it with appropriate barriers. Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time.
  • Have appropriate equipment, such as a cell phone, life jackets, first aid kit and reaching or throwing equipment.
  • Enroll in Red Cross home pool safety, water safety, first aid and CPR/AED courses to learn how to prevent and respond to emergencies.
  • Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them.

Call Medical Group of the Carolinas—Mountain Park at 864-849-9210 to schedule your next appointment.

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