Spending time in the water, whether it is on a beach holiday or while visiting your local pool, is without doubt great fun. It is, however, also inherently dangerous. Water is, after all, not our natural environment. It is vital to ensure you participate in safe activities in the water if you wish to prevent personal injuries, drowning or near-drowning incidents.
The question is, what exactly constitutes safe activities in the water?
Safe activities in the water
In essence, any activity you participate in is only safe if you ensure you are aware of potential risks and take all necessary steps to prevent accidental injuries.
Swimming, kayaking or fishing, windsurfing, snorkelling or scuba diving, boating, jet-skiing or kite surfing can all be fun and safe activities in the water, as long as you make sure you:
- Always use reputable, responsible operators providing such activities
- Always check that provided equipment is in good working order
- Always check that buoyancy aids, life jackets and other protective equipment are provided
- Always follow provided instructions and training
- Never attempt anything exceeding your capabilities or level of experience
- Never swim in unsafe waters, such as near rocks or rip currents, during bad weather or when changing tides may cause strong currents
Naturally, it is also important to prevent injuries while on your way to participate in your chosen activities.
Preventing mishaps on the way
Piers, jetties and equipment stores are occasionally the scene of slips, trips and falls due to wet, greasy or cluttered flooring. Watching your step and, if necessary, reporting potential slip, trip or fall hazards to responsible owners or staff members as soon as possible will all help to prevent injuries by slipping, tripping or falling.
Should the unexpected happen and you do have an accident on the beach, in a pool or while at sea, such as boating or fishing accidents, and someone else has caused your personal injury, there is a chance that you may be entitled to claim for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
You can establish your eligibility to claim, have any questions you may have about personal injury claims answered, and get the opportunity to enlist the help of one of our in-house no-win, no-fee* solicitors by calling our freephone advice line on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, or 0800 689 0500 from a landline, today. All calls are obligation-free and confidential and both lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days, every week of the year.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice