Swimming - True/False Questions
For correct answers, see below.
- Backyard pools need only be fenced if they are below the ground.
- It is okay to swim alone in my own pool.
- As long as I'm not going off a diving board and I can see the bottom, it's safe to dive in any depth of water.
- It's unsafe to swim or dive after you've "had a few" drinks.
- Taking a swim or going in the water can help you sober up after an afternoon of drinking at the beach.
- Non-swimmers are safe as long as they are wearing "swimmies" or using floating rafts or toys in the pool.
- Children under five are the typical drowning victims at public pools and beaches.
- People with seizure disorders (epilepsy) can swim safely.
- Non-swimmers are always safe if they stay in the shallow end of the pool.
- I could get into trouble at the local swimming hole even if I bring a buddy.
- False. All pools, including home pools, should be made inaccessible to children. Generally, a fence at least four feet high with self-closing, self-latching gates is needed. See your local code enforcement officer for specifics about access to your above ground pool from your yard or deck.
- False. You should never swim alone, always swim with a "buddy". And keep an eye on each other, even at a guarded pool or beach. And parents, keep an eye on young children even when they are with another person and a lifeguard is present.
- False. It's always best to know the water depth before you dive. You will need at least eight feet of water in and around the area of your dive.
- True. Alcohol slows your reaction times, affects balance and impairs judgement. High summer heat and fatigue can increase the effects of alcohol.
- False. Only time sobers you up.
- False. These devices are not designed to act as life preservers. They often tip over or deflate. Also, non-swimmers may have a false sense of security and go into water too deep for their swimming ability.
- False. Young children should be closely watched even when a lifeguard is present. However, the most common drowning victims are males in their teen years through their mid 20's.
- True. Although they need to take a few precautions. They should only swim with someone who knows about their condition and who can help them if they need assistance. People having a seizure submerge quickly and silently. Swimming is not recommended for those with poorly controlled or uncontrolled seizure disorders.
- False. Non-swimmers should not go deeper than chest deep. Remember young children who are only 42 inches tall are already over chest deep in the three-foot "shallow end" of most pools.
- True. Currents can be deceiving and treacherous, posing a risk for even strong swimmers. Also, you may not be able to tell the depth of the water or see submerged obstacles such as trees and rocks.