Swimming Safety

Welcome back to Swinburne after the holidays. I have had a great few weeks off work to do my own thing. I went away to the beach for a few days. It was too cold to swim, but the water looked so still and clear. Some days were hot. I stayed at home and did a lot of gardening. It was perfect weather for this.

We will talk about swimming safety now. The season is getting warmer, and some of you will want to dive into the water to cool off. Lets look at some questions:

How do you learn to swim?
What are the challenges that new migrants and refugees face when they go near water?
How can we avoid tragedy?

Lets listen to some of the students in 2D who give us advice about water safety.
Firstly, Isbella wants to tell us about the National Drowning Report for the 2014 year.

Here is Cung talking about safety around the pool.

Moo Eh talks about swimming lessons. She says it is never too late to learn. Listen to what she says-To Moo Eh

Juma talks about the dangers near water. Listen to his advice.

Achan has some advice on what to do if you are swimming in rivers and dams. Listen to Achan.

Here are some written texts about water safety on the VILC website. Look at the ten commandments of surf swimming.

  • Do Not swim at beaches not patrolled by lifeguards or lifesavers.
    Do Not bathe outside the red and yellow flags which mark the safe swimming area.
    Do Not bathe directly after a meal or under the influence of alcohol.
    Do Not bathe when beach is closed. Observe the visual sign “Danger – Reserve closed to bathing” and the red flag.
    Do Not bathe where there are no safety flags in position.
    Do Not get excited if caught in a current or undertow, but raise one arm up and float until help arrives.
    Do Not struggle if seized with a cramp, but raise your arm for help, float and keep the affected parts of your body perfectly still.
    Do Not go out far when a yellow flag is flying, it means the surf is dangerous.
    Do Not bathe if unsure of surf conditions, but seek the advice of the lifeguard or lifesaver.
    Do Not struggle against a rip or current, but swim diagonally across it.

Here is a recent news article about the national drowning report for 2014.

Here is a short film about the RIPS which are currents of strong water.