When you go swimming, you may notice that some swimmers wear earplugs and caps. Earplugs may be worn to prevent infections and conditions like swimmer’s ear; however, it’s not always a good idea to use earplugs. Wearing earplugs when swimming in the sea, for example, could be dangerous.
The dangers of wearing earplugs when swimming in the sea
The summer is coming, and many of us will be looking forward to at least one trip to the seaside. When the sun is shining, a quick dip in the sea can be very appealing. If you are feeling brave, wearing earplugs when swimming in the sea is not advisable. If you’re wearing earplugs, you won’t be able to hear as well as normal and this may mean that you miss warnings. Another danger you may encounter when you’re swimming in the sea is unpredictable currents. Even when the water looks calm, it may be a very different story beneath the surface.
Staying safe in the sea
The sea may look incredibly alluring, especially on a hot summer’s day, but don’t be fooled by its tranquil appearance. Swimming in the sea can be dangerous. Here are some safety tips to help you prevent accidents when you are sea swimming:
- Stick to safe swimming areas
- Listen and look out for warnings
- Choose a beach manned by lifeguards
- Don’t swim too far out
- Don’t use inflatables if you can swim
- Supervise children at all times
- Don’t swim if adverse weather is forecast
- Wear suitable footwear if the ground is rocky
Have you been injured at the seaside?
If you’ve been injured while swimming in the sea or you’ve been involved in an accident at the seaside, you may be thinking about the possibility of claiming compensation. In many cases, nobody is to blame for accidents, but sometimes, somebody else’s negligence results in injury. If you’ve been injured and you weren’t at fault, you may have a case for personal injury compensation. If you were provided with faulty equipment, such as a broken body board, for example, you may be able to make a no-win, no-fee* claim. If you’re interested in finding out more about personal injury claims, call Accident Advice Helpline now or take our 30-second eligibility test online. Our lines are open, call now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: May 9, 2017
Author: Accident Advice