Learn to swim and learn about water safety – it’s never too late! Classes in water safety, swim instruction, and First Aid/CPR are offered by many organizations, including:
· LAUSD Beyond the Bell Branch (213) 241-7900 http://btb.lausd.net FREE swim classes
· American Red Cross - Los Angeles (310) 445-9900 http://www.redcross.org/losangeles
· YMCA of Metro Los Angeles http://www.ymcala.org/metro
· County and City parks and recreation departments
Three steps to save a life.
- Check the scene for safety
- Check the victim for consciousness, breathing, signs of life and severe bleeding
- Notify a lifeguard or
- Call 9-1-1
- Care for conditions you find
- Stay with the victim
Reach or Throw... Don’t Go!
Even if you have not yet learned to swim, you can still help someone who is in trouble in the water:
■ Get into a stride position with knees bent.
■ Step on your end of the line with your foot forward.
■ Throw flotation device just beyond the victim, but within reach; allow for wind or current to bring it back to the victim.
■ When the victim has the flotation device in hand, lean back from the victim and slowly pull to safety.
REACHING ASSIST WITH EQUIPMENT
■ Brace yourself. Consider lying on your stomach to keep from being pulled in.
■ Reach with your arm to the victim or extend an object.
■ When the victim grasps your arm or the device, lean back from the victim and slowly pull to safety.
Oceans and Beaches
■ Check the surf conditions before you enter the water.
■ When in the water, stay away from piers, pilings, and diving platforms.
■ If caught in a current, don’t try to swim against it; swim parallel and gradually angle towards shore.
■ Stay within designated swimming areas, ideally in front of a lifeguard stand.
■ Keep a lookout for any marine life.
■ Make sure you always have enough energy to swim back to shore
River/Creek Channels and Storm Drains
■ Never play in or around flood channels; sides are very steep and slippery, making it difficult to get out.
■ A few inches of moving water can sweep a person away quickly.
■ Avoid drainage ditches and arroyos.
Before Getting in the Water:
■ Choose a safe place for water recreation. Be aware of any water hazards.
■ Use Coast Guard-approved life jackets when boating.
■ Check local weather conditions and be prepared for potential weather problems.
■ Remember important safety equipment and look for it in a public swimming area: pole or shepherd’s crook, rescue tube, buoy, throw bag, heavy jug or throw line.
■ Know how to prevent, recognize and care for heat emergencies.
■ Always swim with someone.
■ Supervise children who are swimming or are playing near a pool or other water source.
■ Swim only in supervised areas.
■ Do not go swimming if you have been drinking alcohol. Under the influence of drugs or alcohol
■ Do not chew gum or eat while swimming.
■ Enter feet first if you do not know the depth of the water.
■ Know your swimming limits and stay within them.
■ Keep an eye on weaker swimmers.
■ Learn the correct way to dive safely.
Watch out for the “dangerous toos”
■ Too tired
■ Too cold
■ Too far from safety
■ Too much sun
■ Too much hard playing