Water Safety Tips
Every year in Canada hundreds of Canadians drown while boating. Most of them never intended to be in the water, they were just enjoying their boating activity. Most of them, over 87%, are not wearing a lifejacket or a PFD (or did not have it done up properly) when they drown. (Source: Canadian Red Cross Drowning Report). When it comes to lifejackets or PFD’s, close by isn’t close enough. Choose to WEAR your lifejacket or PFD and make every boating outing a return trip.
You can read more about both lifejackets and PFDs, on the Canadian Red Cross website (link following) .
Summer will soon be here, but before heading to the local pool, beach or river, the Red Cross encourages everyone to take a moment to think about water safety.
· Learn proper swimming and safety techniques by enrolling children in Red Cross Swim safety classes.
· Be aware of your limitations. Don’t go beyond your ability.
· When swimming in the ocean, be aware of the tides and currents and keep an eye on the shifting weather patterns.
· Know the signs of hypothermia.
· Supervise children at all times.
· Fence backyard pools and ensure gates have self-locking latches.
Communicate and post pool rules. Keep emergency equipment and first aid kits close at hand.
Safety Tips for Summer Water Entry & Diving
· Obey “No Diving” signs/markings and diving depth regulations.
· Check the shape of the pool or waterfront bottom to be sure diving area is large enough and deep enough for the intended dive. It should be twice your height for the whole dive.
· Dive only where there is ample clearance from the point of entry to the up-slope in front of the take-off point (i.e. deck or dock). The presence of a diving board does not necessarily mean that it is safe to dive. Pools at homes, motels and hotels may not be safe for diving.
· Dive in clear, unobstructed water. Always check first for objects under the surface such as logs, stumps, boulders and pilings, and be aware of variable or changing depths.
Always enter the water FEET FIRST THE FIRST TIME, to be sure of the water depth and be aware of any hazards.
Boating Safety Equipment Requirements
Along with your Pleasure Craft Operator Card, you are required by law to carry marine safety equipment. At a bare minimum, you should always have with you:
· Canadian-approved flotation device or lifejacket of appropriate size for each passenger on board
· Buoyant heaving line at least 15 metres in length
· Watertight flashlight OR Canadian approved flares – Type A,B or C
· Sound-signaling device
· Manual propelling device (i.e. paddle) OR an anchor with at least 15 metres of rope, chain or cable
· Bailer OR manual water pump
· Class 5 BC fire extinguisher
For more information, please refer to the Office of Boating Safety
These are just a few tips on how to stay safe over the Summer. I strongly suggest that you take the time to read all the Swimming and Water Safety information on the Canadian Red Cross website. We all want to have a fun, safe summer!
A post, written in 2010 by Mario Vittone. Mario is a leading expert on immersion hypothermia, drowning, sea survival, and safety at sea. You can read more about Mario here: http://mariovittone.com/2010/05/154/ and read more very important information about drowning,, but the bottom line seems to be this: Except in rare circumstances, drowning people are physiologically unable to call out for help. The respiratory system was designed for breathing. Speech is the secondary or overlaid function. Breathing must be fulfilled, before speech occurs.