Swimming - True/False Questions

True/False Questions.

For correct answers, see below.

  1. Backyard pools need only be fenced if they are below the ground.
  2. It is okay to swim alone in my own pool.
  3. 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.
  4. It's unsafe to swim or dive after you've "had a few" drinks.
  5. Taking a swim or going in the water can help you sober up after an afternoon of drinking at the beach.
  6. Non-swimmers are safe as long as they are wearing "swimmies" or using floating rafts or toys in the pool.
  7. Children under five are the typical drowning victims at public pools and beaches.
  8. People with seizure disorders (epilepsy) can swim safely.
  9. Non-swimmers are always safe if they stay in the shallow end of the pool.
  10. I could get into trouble at the local swimming hole even if I bring a buddy.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. True. Alcohol slows your reaction times, affects balance and impairs judgement. High summer heat and fatigue can increase the effects of alcohol.
  5. False. Only time sobers you up.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.