Each summer, emergency rooms and doctors’ offices see hundreds to thousands of patients who dove head first into shallow water, resulting in broken necks and other severe head and spinal injuries. Diving and swimming-related injuries are most common among teens and young adults, especially during the summer months. Be sure you and your family consider these three precautions before diving:
1. When entering a pool or unknown body of water, always walk or jump feet first to check the depth. You should never dive into a body water without knowing how deep it is. Always walk in, or jump in feet first to check the water depth and avoid injury. Never dive into an ocean or lake, where sandbars and other hazards may not be visible from the surface.
2. Always dive into a safe depth of water. The American Red Cross recommends head-first dives into a body of water should be at least nine feet deep. Above-ground pools are too shallow, and should never be used for diving.
3. Once a pool or body of water is cleared for safe diving, use proper diving techniques, as seen in this video. Always dive with your hands in front of you to avoid hitting your head on the bottom or sides of the pool.
Don’t forget, May is National Water Safety Month, to learn more, visit our blog. We hope you keep these safe diving tips in mind before making a splash this summer. For more diving safety information, click here.
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