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HomeSwim Tips - Safety


Tragic water accidents happen quickly. The most common reason for aquatic mishaps is a lack of safety knowledge.  The list below is not a complete list of safety tips.  Please check out the San Diego Lifeguard Services webpage for additional recommendations.

In the Pool Area

  • Learn to swim, before you go swimming;

  • Never swim alone, always swim near a lifeguard;

  • Don't push or jump on others;

  • Don't pretend to be drowning;

  • Never dive into the pool - protect your head, neck, and spine -- don't dive into unfamiliar waters -- feet first. If you are in trouble, call or wave for help and follow regulations and lifeguard directions;

  • Alcohol and swimming don't mix;

  • No glass containers at the pool -- broken glass and bare feet don't mix;

  • Report hazardous conditions to the coach, lifeguards or other management personnel.


In the Ocean - Ocean Swims

  • Swim near shore and away from boating channels. In heavy waves, it is almost impossible for a boater to spot a swimmer. A swimmer must be seen to be avoided;

  • If caught in a rip current, swim sideways until free, don't swim against the current's pull;

  • Swim parallel to shore if you wish to swim long distances;

  • Never turn your back to the ocean -- you may be swept off coastal bluffs or tide pool areas and into the water by waves that can come without warning.