Now that we’re in the swing of another gorgeous Minnesota summer, it’s a great time to talk about water safety for all ages.
The Red Cross reminds us that “a child or weak swimmer can drown in the time it takes to reply to a text, check a fishing line, or reapply sunscreen”. The best way to prevent drowning is to empower all swimmers with strong water competency skills.
According to the Red Cross, water competency includes water smarts, swimming skills, and helping others.
- Water smarts include always wearing a life jacket and swimming with a buddy, as well as being aware of environmental factors like rip currents.
- Swimming skills cover knowing how to enter the water, move in water, and safely get out of the water.
- Helping others practice water competency helps keep everyone safe!! Swimming in an area with a trained lifeguard or unofficial monitor is always a good idea, and you can find more information from Water Safety USA
We hope these tips help you enjoy another wonderful summer in the state of ten thousand lakes!
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