Safe swimming advice15/07/2019
With the school summer holidays fast approaching, we take a look at how you can stay safe on holiday and make the most of your time in the water...
Lazy days spent by the pool, basking in the glorious sunshine and exploring the underwater ocean world, swimming on holiday is a great way to enjoy some exercise and have fun together as a family. But did you know that 1 in 5 people know someone who has got into difficulty whilst swimming on holiday? Staying safe on holiday when you plan to go swimming means taking a lot of different aspects into consideration from swimming technique to beach safety. Follow the #SwimSafe travel safety tips given by ABTA to ensure safe swimming on your next holiday;
- Make the most of your time in the water
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Follow safety advice
- Look out for others
- Don't overestimate your ability
Practising safe swimming with children
As you relax into your new surroundings and embrace the holiday ambiance at your resort it's easy to find yourself distracted, but staying safe on holiday is important especially when you have young children playing in and around the pool. The focus of family holidays is having non-stop fun together and creating unforgettable memories, but young children should be supervised by an adult at all times and never left unattended, you'll find it easier to keep an eye on them if you get into the water and play games with them.
Staying safe by the pool or in the ocean
It's worth remembering that local rules and flag systems vary from country to country, so to stay safe during your holiday you need to be aware of your surroundings. The top travel safety tips for this are centered around following any important safety advice given to you at the resort, reading pool rules and avoiding zones where swimming is restricted. Before you start to swim take a few moments to look around and learn where the deep and shallow sections of the pool area and where reefs and rocks could be found in the ocean.
After you've fully embraced the holiday lifestyle it's likely you'll find yourself eager to swim in the pool or the ocean at any opportunity. Some resorts opt to close their pools and beach areas after a certain time in the evenings but if you are staying at a resort where this isn't the case be sure to use your own discretion and avoid swimming at night, after drinking or on a full stomach.
Before you dive in for a swim, consider discussing water safety and attend refresher swimming lessons with your children to build up your confidence and revive your skills. Even if you swim regularly in a pool, ocean swimming can be very different with changing currents and tides hard to judge.
If you'd like to learn more information about staying safe on holiday visit ABTA or to book your summer holiday with us call our friendly reservation team.