If there is one thing we learn in life, it is that nothing is certain. We may assume that security and safety are absolute, but they are often empty words because life does not always go as planned.
If you’re anything like me, you love going into the water. Whether it’s a hot tub, a swimming pool, or just a pond, being in the great outdoors is always refreshing and bracing. Unfortunately, being in the water brings with it risks that we as adults should not take lightly. As wonderful as floating in the water is, it’s not the same if you don’t feel safe.
Risk Of Burns
One of the most devastating risks that comes along with going into the water is burns. Just like when we get sunburn, the skin on your back and neck will begin to itch fiercely as the blood rushes to the surface. If this happens while doing yoga, it can seriously throw off your concentration and potentially cause you to injure yourself.
Even worse, the same scenario can play out if you get scalded by the hot tub or swimming pool. If you do catch fire, even though the feeling may be pleasant at first, the pain will certainly ruin the moment. While we can never know for sure what would have happened if certain circumstances were different, it is highly likely that your skin would have been ruined beyond repair.
Risk Of Infections
In addition to the above, going into the water also causes you to be at risk of infection. The reason behind this is that when the water is so warm, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Just like when we get an infection, there is a small chance that you could become ill. Some of the most common bacteria that cause infection in swimming pools are: (i) E. coli, (ii) Pseudomonas, and (iii) Mycobacteria. If one of these bacteria end up being in your blood, they can cause sickness. While we should not be afraid of bacteria, it is always good to be aware of the risks that come along with being in the water. You never know when one of these bacteria could cause you harm.
Risk Of Drowning
Another dangerous possibility that you run the risk of when entering the water is drowning. Just like when we get wet, our bodies become heavy and our buoyancy decreases. This puts us at risk of drowning accidents in swimming pools and hot tubs. If you get stuck underwater or become disoriented in the water, it will be almost impossible to get out. In some cases, this can be fatal because your body will have shut down by that point and you will not be able to bring yourself out of the water. Even if you survive the initial accident, the damage that the unrelenting water does to your lungs will likely take its toll and cause you to drown eventually. In order to prevent yourself from drowning, you must learn how to swim. A lifeguard can teach you the necessary skills so that you can stay afloat even if you get accidentally submerged. If you know how to swim and keep your head above water, you greatly increase your chances of survival. Even if you do not want to become a swimmer, it is always a good idea to learn how to properly use a life preserver.
Risk Of Collision
When we are in the water, there is also a risk of collision. Just like when we are driving on a street, we must be aware of other vehicles that could potentially hit us. In order to prevent accidents, you must watch out for swimmers and other water users around you. Just because the water looks calm does not mean that it is safe to swim in. Always exercise caution and pay close attention to your surroundings. Keep your eyes open for other swimmers and use proper judgment when it comes to your speed in the water. When approaching a curve or area with slow current, it may be a good idea to slow down or even stop swimming.
Of course, these are all risks that you willingly take when entering the water. If you have children with you who are also in the pool area, you must make sure that their pool fence is high enough so that they cannot reach the water’s edge without assistance. Just because the water is not deep enough for you to submerge your head does not mean that it is safe for them. Never put yourself in harm’s way just because the situation looks easy or familiar. If you want to keep your children safe, you must be vigilant and ensure that their pool area is properly fenced and that there are always people around. Even if you use the appropriate safety equipment, accidents can still occur if proper safety measures are not taken. As long-time fans of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air may tell you, “If it looks too good to be true, then it probably is.””
Other Health Issues
Beyond the above, going into the water also puts you at risk of other illnesses. Just like when the sun is out, the heat can cause a number of problems. Your body begins to warm up and you become more susceptible to ailments. If you are not used to the heat and if you have a history of heart disease or another illness, then the extra warmth may be more than you can handle. If you are not careful, you may end up having a stroke or suffering from coronary artery disease. Another potential problem that you run the risk of when engaging in any form of water activity is dehydration. Our bodies are always striving to achieve balance and if you are not careful, you may become dehydrated. If you drink too much during the day, you may also have problems with constipation or even heartburn. In order to prevent these health issues, it is always a good idea to drink lots of water during the day (at least eight glasses). Dehydration especially causes you to be at risk of cramping and fainting so it is vital that you stay hydrated.
Above all else, make sure that you are aware of how your body will react if you are in the water. Do not drink too much during the day or overexercise because if you end up in the hospital after suffering from dehydration, it will be very expensive. While we should always be careful how we interact with the environment, there is also a sense of freedom that we feel when in the water that should not be ignored. Just because the above risks exist does not mean that swimming in a pool is without its perks.
To that end, make sure that you have your smartphone with you in the pool area. If you get an itch that you cannot immediately relieve, make sure that you contact the lifeguard immediately so that they can come to your aid. Even if you feel that the situation is not serious and that you can handle it yourself, being in distress in the water is never a good idea. As previously stated, there are also many dangers associated with getting in the water. If you take the time to learn how to swim and stay within your limits, you greatly reduce the chances of being in a dangerous situation. Even if you do not want to swim, you may still need to learn how to use a life preserver in case of an accident.