How can drowning during swimming be prevented?

Updated: Jun 19, 2019
  • Author: G Patricia Cantwell, MD, FCCM; Chief Editor: Joe Alcock, MD, MS  more...
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All children should be taught to swim with a buddy, to check for posted danger warnings, and to check the water carefully for depth and possible injurious objects before diving into water. Children should also be taught their swimming limitations and to not play dangerously in natural water areas, in pools, or on the decks surrounding pools.

All individuals should be taught not to drink alcohol or use other recreational drugs when swimming.

Individuals with underlying medical illnesses that may place them at risk when swimming, such as seizure disorders, diabetes mellitus, significant coronary artery disease, severe arthritis, and disorders of neuromuscular function, should swim under the observation of another adult who can rescue them should they get into trouble.

Individuals should not swim alone.

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