Almost every one of us enjoys going to the beach and having fun in the water. There are many different kinds of water sports available; many people tend to participate in several different activities.
Some of the most popular choices include: boating, fishing, skiing, tubing, jet skis, sailing, and swimming.
To properly enjoy any water sports activity, participants should be aware of and follow all safety measures associated with the sport. Unfortunately, many people do not take even take the basic precautionary steps to avoid any dangerous situations.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), approximately twelve (12) people die every day due to accidents in water related activities. So taking appropriate precautions is definitely worth the effort.
TOP SAFETY MEASURES FOR WATER SPORTS
According to the experts, the top safety measures include:
- One should know how to swim. Take swimming lessons and learn the sport from trained professionals. Children should be taught how to swim at an early age so that whenever they are near the water, they feel safe and comfortable.
- Always wear a life jacket when you are boating or engaged in any other activity on or in the water. A life jacket or any other appropriate personal flotation device (PFD) is always beneficial. It doesn’t matter whether you are a good swimmer or not; if you get caught in a situation where it is difficult for you to swim, you need to be wearing a life vest. If you are riding on an inflatable towable tube, or jet skiing, or even sailing, and you fall in the water, a life vest will keep you afloat while waiting for assistance.
- Drowning is said to be the second leading cause of death among young children. To avoid any kind of dangerous situation, children should always have adult supervision when near or in the water. Under no circumstances should they be permitted to go alone or perform any water sport activity on their own. Most public pools, beaches or swimming areas have rules regarding the age of children allowed to be present without adult supervision.
- Never drink alcohol during any kind of water sport activity, or when supervising children. The use of alcohol is involved in almost half of the deaths associated with recreational water activities. Show those around you that you can have fun and enjoy being in or on the water without any alcohol or drugs.
- Before going out for any kind of water sport event, be well prepared. Make sure you have the necessary equipment, and accessories, and that they are in good condition. If you happen to be pulling riders on recreational tubes, such as a Sportsstuff Big Mable, make sure the tow behind tube is properly inflated; if you are pulling skiers, make sure the bindings/fittings for their feet are secure. Always make sure that the tow ropes are the correct ones, for the appropriate number of riders, or skiers.
- If boating, take all necessary steps and measures to ensure that everyone is safe onboard. Confirm that there are enough life jackets for each rider, and that the boat has a ship-to-shore radio, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, flare, horn or whistle. These accessories should be on hand when out on a boat, and every adult, and even children, should know where these items are located and how to use them in case of any kind of emergency.
- Your friends and family should be aware of your intended location, so that they are able to keep track of you, and know where to go if there is a need to locate you. Avoid performing any activities like fishing, boating, jet skiing, or swimming on your own. Even if you prefer solitude, from a safety perspective, it’s better to have another companion with you. Scuba divers know they should always have a buddy; it’s a good idea for other water sport activities also.
- Never force anyone to be involved in any water sport, if they are not comfortable with the sport or even being in the water, or properly understand what to do. We all love to share our excitement and experience with family and friends, but if they don’t want to water ski, don’t make them. It’s much better for everyone involved if the decision to participate is made by that person, signalling they are ready to learn and spend the time and effort to practice.
- If going out on the water, know the weather forecast. Plan your fun in accordance with the weather conditions on that day or weekend. Even when out on the water, keep an eye out for any changes in the weather. Be prepared to quickly get out of the water if you see unpleasant conditions developing.
Recreational water sports and other water activities are performed to enjoy and have fun. By following these safety measures, we can avoid accidents and injuries. Our top priority should be to keep ourselves and our family safe during these enjoyable activities.
Jane Warren is a water sport enthusiast. She enjoys scuba diving, swimming, tubing, sailing, and boating. She spends a lot of her time at the beach, either in Florida, or even farther south in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. She cares about safety in water related activities. Her family has personally experienced the loss of a loved one in a drowning accident, and understand the importance of taking precautions around oceans and lakes.
Jane is also the publisher of towabletubesdirect.com. This is a website that helps people interested in purchasing tow behind tubes, and associated items, find out more information on major brands, like Sportsstuff, and their products. She understands that people don’t have the time to spend searching through hundreds of websites for specific products they want to purchase, and publishes this site to make the search for towable tubes and other water sport related toys more efficient and enjoyable.