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Pool Safety 101: Feet First

  Mar 8, 2017 / by Aaron Steele

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 Your backyard swimming pool can be a source of endless hours of fun and entertainment. As with any outdoor activity, however, there are rules that must be followed to ensure the safety of all pool users. One of the most important of these guidelines pertains to how you enter the pool. While some backyard pools include a deep end, they are not designed for diving, as a rule, when swimming in a backyard pool, into the water feet first.

That may mean walking down the stairs or jumping in with their feet leading the way. But whatever method they choose, it should not involve a headfirst entry. Diving, especially into a shallow pool, brings with it the risk of injury to the face, head, neck, and spine. It’s especially important to enter feet first when you are swimming in a particular pool for the first time. What may look like deep water can actually be an optical illusion, leading you into thinking it’s safe to dive.

 

Tips for Ensuring Safe Pool Entry

 The temptation to dive into a pool can be strong. Ensuring that people refrain from doing so requires continued attention and frequent reminders. Here are some things to keep in mind regarding pool safety and a “feet first” attitude:

 

  1. The feet first rule should apply to built-in slides as well. Colliding headfirst with another swimmer, an object floating in the pool, etc. when shooting off of the slide can cause injury.

  2. A reminder to guests that “We ask that there be no diving,” is a great waFeet First No Diving Swimming Pool Blog.pngy to start every swim session.

  3. Pool supply companies have many types of “No diving” and “Feet first” signs that you can post near your pool to reinforce the rule.

  4. Even feet first entries should be executed with caution. Swimmers should not be allowed to “run and jump” into the pool, as a slip on the pool deck can be painful. And, too much momentum can result in striking other swimmers, the opposite side of the pool, etc. unexpectedly.

  5. Regardless of a pool’s depth, swimmers should NEVER be allowed to dive in. Diving off of the top of a slide, poolside furniture, a balcony, the shoulders of another swimmer or even a diving board, etc. is extremely dangerous. 

  6. If a pool event involves alcohol, guests may tend to forget the “no diving” rule. Be extra vigilant under those circumstances.

  7. Ideally, it’s best not to swim alone. But if you do, it’s critical that you enter the pool feet first, as you have no one to come to your aid if you are injured by diving.

  8. You should always have the appropriate first aid supplies on hand.

 

Feet First for Fun

 Having provided the list of cautions above, we emphasize again that swimming is a very safe activity when undertaken properly. It’s just a matter of ensuring that people practice what they’ve learned in Pool Safety 101: Feet First!

 

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Topics: Fiberglass Pools, Pool Safety, In-Ground Pools

Aaron Steele

Written by Aaron Steele

Aaron is the Digital Marketing Manager for Latham Pool Products. Prior to realizing his dream of working in the swimming pool industry, he spent many years in the software and advertising world as a pixel pusher and script junkie. Aaron is an avid guitar player, weekend novelist, in-home libation manufacturer (aka. Homebrewer) and travel enthusiast. He has lived in exotic locations, climbed Mt. Fuji, swam in the open ocean with sharks, backpacked across Europe, skied the Swiss Alps, dined with the Dalai Lama, survived in a far east jungle for a week with nothing but a poncho and a machete and is currently learning to play the Didgeridoo. All true.

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