No matter how good of a swimmer you are, there are plenty of ways that you can hurt yourself in or around bodies of water. It can be a fun thing to play in but if you don’t know how to handle yourself in it or you don’t take the proper precautions and provides good protection, it can cause a lot of damage, even leading to death. Here are some of the most common accidents that occur around bodies of water and how to prevent them.
Slip and Slide
Water can be a very slippery thing, especially when it is on smooth, flat surfaces like floor tiles or polished cement. One of the most common accidents occur around pools where a glass pool fencing installation Perth can cause water to collect at the base and make swimmers slip and knock their heads either on the wall or the floor. Sometimes it occurs when swimmers spring out of the water too fast and they feel dizzy while their bodies try to adjust to the difference in temperature, and they lose their footing while trying to regain balance.
Falling in is fine if you know how to swim; for small children or people who don’t know how to swim it can be a disaster. Whether it’s a public water source like a pond or lake, or a private one doesn’t matter – it’s safer to have glass pool fencing or some kind of protective barrier around deep bodies of water to prevent anyone from accidently falling in and drowning.
Again, this can happen anywhere. Technically, one needs only an inch of water to drown as it will happen the moment your nose and mouth is covered by water. Humans will float naturally if we lay on the water horizontally, but many people try to tread water (stand upright and kick) which tires you out too quickly and then you have no more control over your body. The best thing to do is never to swim in strange places and to always have backup with you if you want to go swimming in case of an emergency.
Cramps and muscle spasms are old friends of swimmers. They occur because our muscles contract as a reaction to the sudden loss of moisture caused by the physical exertion of swimming. This is why professional swimmers have water bottles and other energy drinks on hand during practices. A cramp in water can be fatal as the swimmer will be incapacitated depending on the severity of the cramp. A stomach cramp for instance can last longer than 5 minutes and make a swimmer completely double up so that they won’t be able to swim. As painful as it is, the best way to get rid of cramps is to stretch out, not double down. Get someone to help you to shore/dry land and take some salt and water to replenish your electrolytes.