Water Safety Tips for Pools and Beaches
The summer has arrived and millions of people will head to the local pool or a nearby beach to partake in one of summer’s favorite pastimes—swimming. We want you to stay safe near and in the water, and also have fun.
Here are some tips on how to stay safe.
Learn to Swim
The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim. The NYC Parks Department has free swimming lessons for kids and adults.
Don’t go Solo
Never swim alone. Swim where lifeguards are present and always swim with a buddy.
Pay Attention & Follow Rules
Be knowledgeable of the area you are in and its potential hazards. Pay close attention to all signs and follow instructions.
Children or inexperienced swimmers should take precautions, such as wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devise when around the water.
Do not mix alcohol with swimming, diving, or boating. Alcohol impairs your judgment, balance, and coordination, affects your swimming and diving skills, and reduces your body’s ability to stay warm.
Drowning fatalities are most prevalent among African American youth 5 to 19 years old, who are six times more likely to fatally drown than Whites or Hispanics. To address these issues, the Health Department and partners launched Making Waves, a program that provides free water safety and swim instruction in these schools pools to children six to 18 years old from low income neighborhoods. Read more>