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10 Water Safety Tips

01 Feb, 2018
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    10 Water Safety Tips
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    10 Water Safety Tips

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1. Never Swim Alone
Always let someone know when you are heading into the water.


2. Know Your Swimming Limitations
Cayman has clear calm waters, however always err on the side of caution. If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help.

 

3. Supervise Children
Keep an eye on children at all times. Ensure they wear life jackets, especially in deep water and onboard boats.

 

4. Recognise When Someone Is In Trouble
Drowning is not the violent, splashing, call for help that people expect. When people are struggling to breathe, speech and screaming become secondary. The natural reaction is to extend arms laterally and press down on the water’s surface, as opposed to waving. We recommend familiarising yourself with the common signs of drowning. Call 911 if you spot anyone in trouble.

 

5. Avoid Using Inflatables in Strong Winds
A gust of wind could sweep you out of your depth in just a couple of seconds.

 

6. Don’t Drink & Swim
Alcohol slows down your reactions, affects judgment and leads to greater risk taking.

 

7. Avoid Sunburn
a. Seek shade during the hottest part of the day: 11am-2pm.
b. Use waterproof sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or more and reapply every one-two hours.
c. For maximum protection, ensure the kids wear a UV sun top. They protect the skin all day and provide protection even when wet. Divers Supply and Waterman offer a great selection.
d. Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your head and eyes. Check out Funky Monkey and the shops at Camana Bay.
e. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially when exerting yourself.

 

8. Prevent Dehydration
Make sure you drink plenty of water to avoid cramps, exhaustion and heat stroke.

 

9. How To Treat Jellyfish Stings
Although a rare occurrence, if you are stung by a jellyfish, rinse the area immediately and remove any tentacles with tweezers. Apply a heat pack to the affected area, or immerse it in hot water to reduce pain and inflammation.

 

10. Don’t Touch
Snorkellers should never touch coral. Not only is it fragile, but some species can take thousands of years to grow. Fire coral is a painful irritant. Avoid touching lionfish and moray eels, as it will hurt a great deal if you are stung or bitten!

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