Diving is one of the most hazardous water activities. Most diving-related injuries occur in pools with five feet of water or less. Be careful about diving.
Diving injuries can cause permanent spinal cord damage, paralysis and, in some cases, even death. Protect yourself by only diving in areas that are known to be safe, such as the deep end of a supervised pool.
If an area is posted with "No Diving" or "No Swimming" signs, pay attention to them. A "No Diving" sign means the water isn't safe for a head-first entry. Even if you plan to jump in feet first, check the water's depth before you leap to make sure there are no hidden rocks or other hazards. Lakes or rivers can be cloudy and hazards may be hard to see.
Take the following precautions to prevent diving-related injuries and death:
- Do not permit children to run and dive
- Teach them to keep their dives simple
- Never allow your children to dive into above-ground pools
- Make sure your diving board is in good condition before allowing your child to use it
- Teach them to dive only from the end of the diving board; never let them dive from rooftops, balconies, ledges or fences
- Do not let your children dive into water unless an adult is present and knows that the depth of the water is greater than five feet
- Teach your children to dive with their hands in front of their face and to swim toward the surface immediately upon entering the water to avoid hitting the bottom or sides of the pool
By following these simple safety precautions, a serious incident can be avoided.
Never let older children swim in unsupervised areas like quarries, canals or ponds - make it clear they are off limits and tell them why. Many times children underestimate the depth of water.
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