Individuals should always exercise caution when swimming, but especially if swimming in a larger body of water such as a pond or lake. Camp Waziyatah, a summer camp in Waterford, Maine, offers a number of water-related activities, including swimming, sailing, skiing, wake boarding, and the “blob,” a large, inflatable that bounces kids into the water. Here Camp Waziyatah offers a few swimming-safety tips.
1. Never swim alone. Utilizing a buddy system ensures that there is always another person available who can help in the event of an emergency. Frequent “buddy checks” keep track of all swimmers regularly.
2. When children are swimming at a lake or pond, there should always be an adult present, whether it be a parent, counselor, or lifeguard. Camp Waziyatah employs many waterfront personnel, including certified Water Safety Instructors and Lifeguards.
3. Occasionally, lakes can be cloudy. During those times, swimmers should wear water shoes or aqua socks to protect their feet while walking on the bottom.