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Summer Swimming and Water Safety tips

August 2, 2013

The summer heat in Ontario often inspires many people to travel eagerly to their favourite destination for a weekend getaway. Whether it’s up north to the cottage, or swimming in one of Ontario’s fresh water lakes the Personal Injury Alliance reminds everyone to keep the following safety tips in mind when in, on or around the water:


1. Knowing how to swim should be a top priority for anyone going near water. Local organizations offer training for all ages and abilities. Whether you plan to be in a pool, on the beach or at the lake knowing how to swim can help save lives.

2. Young ones can get away in the blink of an eye –especially when lured by the sparkle and sound of water. Ensure your precious little ones are supervised at all times and consider the “always on” policy for life-jackets, even when on dry land.

3. Remember to watch out for the dangerous “toos”. Too tired. Too cold. Too far from safety. Too much sun. Ignoring any of these “toos” can lead to serious consequences.

4. When swimming in unfamiliar water, check the depth before diving in. Make sure you know what lies below the surface and check that there aren’t any hidden hazards.


Summer is a great time of year for creating lasting memories with loved ones. Share the above water and swimming safety tips with your friends and family to ensure everyone has a safe and unforgettable summer.




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