SAFETY FIRST: SWIMMING SAFELY IN OPEN WATERS
Sun cream, an ice lolly and a cool drink. Summer and swimming pool fun go hand in hand. Jumping into cold waters is even sweeter when you’re surrounded by nature, rather than dozens of other people in an overcrowded public pool. But whether you’re in a bathing lake, river or the sea: you should always pay attention to certain things when swimming in open waters – not all enticing bodies of water are safe. We will give you some tips on how to stay safe!
THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT
As great as it may look, there is some water that you should steer clear of to prevent seemingly harmless fun turning into trouble. Canals, locks and rivers in the inner city with no explicit bathing areas signposted are to be avoided at all costs. You should also refrain from swimming in water with a high tide: when the tide goes back out, strong currents are created that are difficult to predict in advance. If still water has a blue-green sheen to it, then that is a sign of algae – something that is preferable for your body not to make contact with.
Once you and your friends have found the perfect spot to relax, there are a few safety rules which you should follow. Never swim out into open water alone. That way, there’ll always be help nearby to intervene should things turn dangerous. Open wounds should ideally be covered so that they cannot be contaminated by the water. Do not just check the water depth before jumping in from the bank but also check beforehand to see which areas are best for climbing out from.
BRING YOUR BATHING SUIT ...
Along with the correct swimwear, there are a few other useful items to take along to the water. If the water is murky and you can’t see the floor, then it’s useful to have sandals like the Lakewood Cruise Sandals to protect your feet against any possible sharp objects. There’s plenty of room for the space-conserving Wolftowel Light XL microfibre towel, sun cream, snacks and drinks in the Back Spin Logo pack – much more space than you’d think thanks to the stretchy material! Who knows – maybe you’ll find a forgotten treasure at the bottom of the lake?!
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