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Swimming safety 101: Make sure you are skilled enough to swim in the ocean

Government senior swim instructor Ryan Mushin says there are many ways to prevent water-related incidents.

Staying safe in the water is important and one swim instructor said you should start swimming in a pool before you test your skill in the ocean.

“Well, first of all, everyone should know their ability in the water. The water generally will always win no matter how strong of a swimmer you are,” said Mr. Mushin.

Mr. Mushin said if you have no swimming abilities you should be staying in the safe zone and he added the best chance of survival for people who cannot swim is to stay near the shore.

“If you need help don’t go out too deep, don’t try and be a hero by going out too far. So be very cautious about where you’re swimming. If you are close to the edge or close to the side of the beach where you can get up there” said Mr. Mushin.

Mr. Mushin also said how you react while in distress could make a difference in the water.Image result for swimming

“If you were ever in a situation where you felt like you couldn’t swim anymore and you needed to catch your breath, you’d want to basically roll over on your back, catch your breath and relax,” said Mr. Mushin.

He recommends all members of the public get some training before going in to face the mighty sea.

“Where they can go, if they can’t swim and if it’s something they wanna do, they need to work on it within a controlled environment such as a pool or with a coach,” said Mr. Mushin.

To date, Cayman has recorded 12 water-related deaths for 2018.

8 Water Safety Tips

  • Always look for warning and guidance signs
  • Swim parallel with the shore, not away from it
  • Avoid drifting in the currents
  • Do not enter fast flowing water
  • Get out of the water as soon as you start to feel cold
  • Never enter the water after consuming alcohol
  • Only enter the water in areas with adequate supervision and rescue cover.
  • Always take someone with you when you go into or near water.

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Seaford Russell jr.

Seaford Russell jr.

Seaford Russell Jr. joined Cayman 27 in the spring of 2018. He started off as a part-time photographer but thanks to his hard-work, dedication and eye for photography, he was offered a full-time position as a reporter trainee. Seaford is committed to bringing the people of Cayman informative and balanced news about what’s happening in the community.

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