Safety Precautions for Water Sports

WatersportsThis month, there was an incident where a canoeist fell into the water while canoeing at Pont Cyfyng Falls near Capel Curig. As shown by Water Safety Map’s incident list, this isn’t an isolated incident as people are involved with water sports all over the country. Accidents do happen, but following safety precautions can certainly help reduce the risk and make sure you’re as safe as you can be while on the water.

After doing some searching, here’s four valuable pointers if you’re going to be involved with a water sport:

1 — Always wear safety equipment like a life vest, and I strongly suggest a water helmet. No matter how strong of a swimmer you are things happen that are out of your control. A good, but frightening, example of this is the possibility of hitting your head on the boat/a log in the water/some of the equipment you’re using for your activities. You would then be disoriented, and no matter how long that happened for, it would be long enough for you to be in a very dangerous situation, unless you were wearing a water helmet and had a life vest on.

2 — Follow any posted regulations at your location. Even though you may assume you know better a lot of these regulations are posted by people who are aware of rare and unexpected weather conditions in the area that you may need to be careful around.

3 — Don’t drink alcohol before participating in water sports. This is something that can easily happen without much thought, who doesn’t enjoy a day of drinking by the lake? And that’s fine, unless you hop in. You need to be alert out on the water and drinking hinders that.

4 — Never, ever go out on the water and participate in sports unless you’re a strong swimmer. The current, especially when there are boats involved, is very strong. If you don’t know how to swim things could be very rough for you, make sure you know how to swim to avoid problems.


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