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101 Critical Days of Summer – Week 7: Swimming Safety

By Lance Cpl. Emmanuel Necoechea | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | July 14, 2016


CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Week Seven of the 101 Critical Days of Summer series of base safety briefs focuses on swimming safety.

In the weekly newsletter, base safety officials reminded service members and their families about the importance of being vigilant and ensuring their children swim safely during a day at the pool or beach.

“Because of the many incidents that have occurred this year in California alone, it’s important for service members and Department of Defense employees to pay attention to their children at the pool or at the beach,” said Kenneth R. Rivers, occupational health and safety specialist on base.

According to the newsletter, drowning is a leading cause of injury-related deaths among children under the age of five and that each year, near-drowning incidents result in life-long disabilities.

“Being vigilant is the most crucial aspect of keeping children safe while they swim,” said Rivers. “Water depth, rip currents and sea creatures pose potential risks and parents must ensure that their children are swimming in a safe environment.”

While at the the pool, it is important to know water depth and use proper floatation devices when necessary. A competent swimmer must be pool side at all times and parents must ensure their children are properly hydrated.

At the beach, it’s important to adhere to posted water restrictions and limitations. Parents must take count of the swimmers and keep eyes on their children at all times. They must also ensure that children never swim alone, understand the depth and dangers, and ensure their children are properly hydrated.

“As service members it is our responsibility to protect the nation and its future,” said Rivers. “Children are the future of our nation. We must keep these safety guidelines in mind and make sure our children remain safe during all recreational activities. “

For more information visit the link to Base Safety at: http://www.pendleton.marines.mil/StaffAgencies/SafetyCenter.aspx