Cub Water Safety
Learn these water safety rules well, and always follow them:
- Never swim alone. Use the "buddy system" and swim with at least one friend.
- Always tell your parents or an adult if you are going to swim.
- Never swim in unknown waters (in dams, rivers or pools you do not know)
- Never dive into water if it is not clear or if you do not know how deep it is. You could hit something and hurt yourself.
- Do not push people into the water, dive or jump without looking first, run around the edge, or duck your friends under the water.
If you cannot swim and there is a swimming pool or dam near your home, or if you live near the sea, try to learn to swim as soon as possible. Keep practising so you can become a strong swimmer. Once you can swim, remember the water safety rules:
- Leave the water before you get tired.
- Wait an hour after eating before going into the water.
- At the beach, swim only at the proper bathing area or near other people.
- Always obey the signs and the life guards
- Inflated water wings, rings, lilos and tyre tubes can keep you afloat, but be careful as you can easily be carried out into deep water or down river.
- Never leave buckets or paddling pools full of water as they are a hazard to children
- If the pool has a gate, keep it shut, to keep smaller children safe
- Never leave a young child alone in the bath
At a lake or river:
- Check for boats and currents
- Beware of slippery banks and sudden drop-offs
In a boat:
- Always wear a life jacket
- Stay seated
- Tell someone where you are going and when you’ll be back
- Never steer towards swimming areas
If you are in trouble in the water:
- Stay calm
- Float on your back
- Use one arm to signal for help