If you’re jetting off on holiday, the last thing you want to think about is travel accidents. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes impossible to avoid accidents. In other cases, accidents abroad could be prevented by applying a little caution, especially when swimming in the dark.
If you’ve been injured in an accident overseas and you were not at fault, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim compensation.
Dangers of swimming in the dark
Swimming at any time of day carries a risk of injuries and accidents. However, swimming in the dark may be particularly dangerous. Five dangers of swimming in the dark include:
- Strong currents: if you’re swimming in the dark, you may not be able to tell how fast the water is flowing and you may get caught up in strong currents.
- Jellyfish: if you go swimming in the dark, your visibility will be restricted and this means that you may be unable to spot potentially dangerous sea creatures, such as jellyfish.
- Drowning: swimming in the dark carries a higher risk of drowning. If you get into trouble, nobody will be able to see you. Even if you have friends with you, you will be much harder to spot in the dark than in the light.
- Risk of cuts and grazes: when you go swimming in the dark, you may tread on sharp objects or fall onto rocks, and end up with cuts and grazes.
- Slips, trips and falls: doing anything in the dark elevates the risk of slips, trips and falls. You may trip over litter on the beach or stumble on the side of the pool.
Staying safe when swimming abroad
If you’re heading down to the beach or you’re planning to spend your days chilling out by the pool, it’s wise to take steps to reduce your risk of holiday accidents. Here are some tips to help you stay safe when swimming on holiday:
- Stick to designated safe swimming zones
- Take care when walking around the pool edge; do not run
- Wear suitable footwear if the seabed is rocky or sharp
- Look out for jellyfish
- Know your limits and don’t stray too far from the shoreline
- Choose beaches with lifeguards if you have children or you are not a confident swimmer
Claiming compensation for travel accidents
If you’ve suffered injuries following an accident abroad, call Accident Advice Helpline today. We could help you make a no-win, no-fee* claim for holiday accident compensation.
We have more than 15 years of experience in handling travel accident claims. Our lines are open now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice