Cape Times - - METRO -

WITH the re­cent num­bers of drown­ings and near-drown­ings, and with many South Africans pre­par­ing to head to their hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions, ER14 has urged South Africans to take care while par­tic­i­pat­ing in any wa­ter sports. Here are a few tips:

· Never al­low a child to swim with­out adult su­per­vi­sion. Also, never leave young­sters un­su­per­vised around wa­ter bowls or bath­tubs. You can drown in about 2cm of wa­ter.

· En­sure chil­dren wear life jack­ets if they can­not swim.

· Keep your pool cov­ered with an ap­proved cover when not in use.

· Do not swim too far out into the ocean. Af­ter a while, you may strug­gle due to fa­tigue or get swept out due to strong cur­rents.

· Wear­ing a life jacket is vi­tal. Re­mem­ber your life jacket when par­tic­i­pat­ing in wa­ter sports.

· When at the ocean, swim in des­ig­nated ar­eas that are su­per­vised by life­guards.

· Never swim alone.

· Never dive or jump into un­fa­mil­iar or shal­low wa­ter.

What to do if some­one is drown­ing

· If you are at the coast and you see a per­son drown­ing, alert a life­guard im­me­di­ately. If you de­cide to save the per­son your­self, en­sure you wear a floata­tion de­vice.

· If you find a per­son drown­ing and are able to get them out of the wa­ter, ini­ti­ate CPR if there is no pulse.

· Do not stop CPR un­less the vic­tim starts to breathe on his/her own.

· Call for an am­bu­lance and tell them what you are do­ing.

· Do not put the per­son in the car and drive to hos­pi­tal.

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