Staying Safe This Summer

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It was great to see everyone floating together, students and teachers alike, during SwimSafer Week 2023. Everyone can continue to learn to be safer in the water, and being able to float can help save a life. It was perfectly placed as we led into summer, so we hope everyone took something away from the SwimSafer week and can apply these skills at the beach or pool.

With summer already here and the water warming up, we all flock to rivers, beaches, and pools to enjoy the sun and water around us. However, whether we are in the waves or by a pool, it is important to have water safety as a top priority. Here are some top tips to help keep both yourself and your kids safe this summer.

If you get into trouble – Stay Calm!
Never underestimate the power of water, whether in rivers, at the beach, or by a pool. When swimming, remember to stay calm if you get into trouble. If patrolled by lifeguards, raise your hand to signal that you need help.

Never swim alone and always supervise children.
Swimming with friends and family is a great way to stay safe this summer. Remember how quickly things can change in the water. We understand that your child’s safety is your top priority, and always supervising children in the water is one of the most important precautions to take to help keep everyone safe this summer.

Know everyone’s limits.
Understanding everyone’s abilities and limitations is crucial for helping keep everyone safe in the water. Stay in an area where everyone feels comfortable. No matter how confident someone may feel with their swimming, stick to where everyone can enjoy the water.

Understanding the waves, tides & recognising rips.

Understanding how tides, waves, and rips can create a more dangerous environment is a useful tool to help everyone stay safe and enjoy the water. Luckily, our beach lifeguards understand how these changing conditions can impact our ability to stay safe. Remember to listen to lifeguards’ advice and stay between the flags!

As we embrace the warmth of summer, remember to carry the lessons learned during SwimSafer week forward. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer by remembering these top tips!

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Jacob is the Assistant Swim School Manager and Private Swim Coach at AUT Millennium. Jacob has been with AUT Millennium since 2015 where he became a qualified learn-to-swim instructor. He now assists in managing the Swim School as well as working with learn-to-swim students, both adults and children. As well as competitive swimmers and open-water swimmers who are trying to refine their technique in 1-on-1 sessions. His background in swimming involves representing both his club at National events, as well as New Zealand at International events.

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