Next Monday is Memorial Day in the United States, so what do most of them plan to do over the long weekends? With such favourable temperatures for swimming, a majority of them will head for the pool. However, they have to be reminded that water safety still takes priority over pleasure. Without proper care taken, it can lead to dangerous situations.

“Make water safety a priority. Learning to swim is one of the best steps someone can take to develop skills and water safety behaviors. People then can be more comfortable and safe when they are in, on and around the water,” said Mary McCord, the executive director of the First Capital District chapter of the American Red Cross.

Here are some guidelines recommended by the Red Cross that everyone should adhere to.

Firstly, one should only swim in designated areas that are supervised by lifeguards. Always obey the warning signs and listen to the instructions given by the lifeguards as they are the ones who knows best. If possible, have a friend tag along with you just in case. Secondly, as a parent, always keep a look out for your children who are swimming or even if they are near the water. This is a responsibility of a parent and we shouldn’t simply rely on the lifeguard. Thirdly, should an emergency or accident occur, always know when to contact the ambulance. Lastly, take a look at your surroundings and ensure that there are always rescue equipment such as life jackets, situated near to the pool and is accessible should you require it. For the full article, check it out here.

In Singapore, the June holidays are fast approaching. The holidays mainly involve primary and secondary school students. Many of them take this free time to relax and participate more in sports. Swimming, is one of the most common activities that students engage in. This is because the public swimming complexes are situated all over the island and are easily accessible. Furthermore, the entrance fee is rather reasonable too. However, there are some who choose not to adhere to the rules and regulations of the swimming complex. For some reason, they aren’t afraid to risk their lives to prove how capable they are to their friends. This shouldn’t be the case in any way. The main purpose of swimming is to keep your body fit while allowing yourself to relax in the calm water. It isn’t about who can stay longer underwater. In fact, such cases can usually be the cause of drowning too.

At Happy Fish Swim School, we have specially designed a program known as the School Holiday Intensive Swimming Lessons for all children who wish to pick up the skill during the holidays. This is one of the best ways to make the holidays a fruitful one. Furthermore, our certified instructors will be able to guide your child on the dos and don’ts in the swimming pool.