Water Safety Information

Whether it is the Easter, Summer, Christmas Holidays or a day on the beach its bring with them both fun and danger. Every year people have drowned during trips to beach, rivers and even swimming pools. The Trinidad and Tobago Life Saving Society, the San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation Life Guards, and the Coast Guard have prepared these water safety tips for the public.

Water safety tips They are
communicate with lifeguards about sea conditions
if there are no lifeguards, observe water conditions carefully or ask residents about safe bathing areas
alcohol and swimming never mix!
avoid areas where there are potholes, shifting sand and a brownish water discoloration
always supervise children in and around water
non- and weak swimmers should not venture into water higher than the waist
swimmers should swim parallel to shore
non- and weak swimmers should not use inflated devices in water
diving into unknown waters and rivers is dangerous
after eating, wait at least one hour before going into the water

article courtesy of Trinidad Express, April 12, 2001

Play it safe at beaches, rivers ....edited
Yvonne Baboolal | 8:07 pm
Published: February 14th, 2009, Guardian

Water safety tips
Swim near a lifeguard and don't swim alone.
Follow lifeguards' instructions.
Don't dive into waters you don't know. Feet first, first time.
If in trouble, call or wave for help.
Don't swim near trash or storm drains.
Swim in an even line with the shore if you want to swim a long way.
Don't swim after heavy rain.

Ministry issues safety tips: Play it safe on beaches
Trinidad Guardian, Published: 12 Feb 2010

The Ministry of Tourism is urging citizens who plan to visit the beaches or rivers this Carnival season to practise caution.

In a release, the ministry reminded parents about the importance of keeping children safe in water by following these precautions:
* Children need constant supervision around water-whether the water is in a pool, pond, river, beach or bathtub.
* Young children can drown in less than two inches of water. That means drowning can happen where you can least expect it-the sink, toilets, buckets or inflatable pools.
* Always watch children closely when they are in or near water.
* Do not trust inflatable rings, tubes or other floatation toys. These should be used only under adult supervision as a child can slide through or flip over.
* If you have a pool at home, remove all toys when you are done so your child is not tempted to reach for a toy in the water.
* Teach your children to swim but remember even a child who knows how to swim is still at risk for drowning.
* Teach your children not to swim alone and to use a buddy system.
* Teach your children to always swim when and where a lifeguard is present.
* Teach your children if they are caught in a rip current or undertow, they should swim parallel to the shore or should tread water and call for a lifeguard's help.
* Do not allow your children to swim during a lightning storm. Should the lightning hit the water your child will be electrocuted.
* Never mix water and alcohol or other drugs.

Beaches in Trinidad that are under lifeguard supervision between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm from Mondays to Sundays are Mayaro, Maracas, Manzanilla, Salybia, Tyrico, Las Cuevas, Los Iros, Vessigny and Quinam. Beaches in Tobago are managed by the Tobago House of Assembly.

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