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Swimming and Water Safety

Swimming is a great activity and something your whole family can enjoy. It also comes with risks, and water safety should be a concern for you and your family. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children from ages 1-14, and the fifth leading cause for people of all ages.

Water competency is a way of improving water safety for yourself and those around you through avoiding common dangers. It means being able to anticipate, avoid, and survive common drowning situations, as well as being able to recognize and provide assistance to those who are in need. Water competency includes water safety awareness and basic swimming skills – not just in swimming pools, but in oceans, rivers, and lakes.

Here are the top water safety tips and precautions.

  • Wear a United States Coast Guard approved life jacket.
  • Teach children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible. Enroll them in swimming classes.
  • Never leave children unsupervised, even for a split second. Maintain constant visual contact with children near a body of water. Make sure that there is a responsible, designated person to watch the water when children are swimming.
  • Swim sober. Alcohol and drugs impair your judgment, balance, coordination, and your body’s ability to stay warm.
  • Swim only in safe areas, especially if you’re in a lake or river. They are usually marked by ropes or buoys and are more likely to be free of weeds and other dangers.
  • Don’t swim in polluted water. Pay attention to warning signs. If you’re not sure, it’s best not to get in.
  • Know your limits. Cold water, currents, and other dangerous conditions can challenge the strongest swimmers.
  • Test the water temperature before going in. Jumping into cold water can shock your body, slow your muscles, and elevate your heart rate and blood pressure, which makes it more difficult for you to swim.
  • Never swim alone. Make sure you have someone with you, preferably a lifeguard.
  • Enter the water feet-first. Serious injuries can result from diving headfirst into the water.
  • Follow posted safety signs. These usually advise against running, pushing, or diving.
  • Drink plenty of water. It’s easy to get dehydrated in the sun, especially if you’re active and sweating. Dizziness, feeling lightheaded, and nausea can be signs of dehydration and overheating, so if you’re feeling sick, get out of the water immediately and let someone know.
  • Know how and when to call for help. Have a cell phone handy. Regardless of where you are, the ability to call 911 in an emergency can be a lifesaver.
  • Make sure that you have a first aid kit on standby.

Water safety can help prevent serious injuries or drowning. Be safer near large bodies of water by enrolling in swim classes and learning about water competency. Knowledge is key when it comes to water and pool safety. It only takes a moment. Playing in the water can be fun, but it can also be dangerous. Learn how to stay safe.

 

Written by Dami Falade

Team Building at Work

Although team building is one area of development that can be easily overlooked, team building activities are worth the time and effort. Team building activities are essential to establishing a culture where people enjoy coming to work, and are able to collaborate easily and trust each other.

The purpose of any team building exercise is to build a stronger group of employees. It’s a great opportunity to give people a chance to interact with one another in a non-work related way. You can have activities at work, such as a potluck, or even take your employees out to do something fun, such as bowling. Whether they are quick, 5 minute exercises or a weekend retreat, employees are taught essential collaborate skills while developing trust in each other’s abilities. Here are more benefits and importance of team building at work!

    • Increased collaboration and building team bonds. By creating activities that people can enjoy and can experience as a group, employees can build relationships and network outside of their day-to-day responsibilities, which will in turn help them in the future. Successful team building events not only bring colleagues closer together, but they also lead to more successful and creative workplace ideas.
    • Builds trust. When colleagues are forced to work on a project that is outside of their normal job responsibilities, they relax and let their guard down.
    • Motivates employees. The more comfortable employees are to express their ideas and opinions, the more confident they become. This will motivate them to take on new challenges.
    • Improves productivity. By encouraging employees to learn to work together more effectively, employees can work more efficiently.
    • Increases motivation. Employees are more motivated when they gain trust in their fellow employees, and feel confident that their work as a team is recognized and appreciated.
    • Positive energy – having fun and celebrating. Without an element of fun, there won’t be as much engagement in activities and without engagement, communication and relationships won’t improve. Team building events will reiterate the value of having fun in the workplace.
    • Communication. Everyone wants a friendly work environment, where people are comfortable and happy to talk to and work with one another. Team building exercises are created to force people to open up. Not only do colleagues learn more about each other’s skills and talents, they may learn more about each other.

 

Working well together is necessary for maintaining a successful and efficient company. Team building brings people together by encouraging teamwork. Fun activities allow employees to connect in a different setting. By focusing on building employee relationships, communication, and trust, companies will find more engaged and productive employees.

 

Written by Dami Falade

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