Swimming is an important life skill for everyone!
The water is a place were lots of fun can be had, but it is also possible to encounter a dangerous situation. It is very important that we learn to swim to ensure we can be safe in and around water.
If you do find yourself in a situation where someone needs assistance to avoid a danagerous sitaution in the water, this technique is a good way to help without entering the water.
These are the steps for an assisted rescue using a rope:
- Use an object like a rope
- Stand on one end of the rope to ensure it is secure
- Get down low to pull them in
- Always call for an adult
TIP: If you do not have a rope, you can throw the person a flotation device to help them to stay above water. Objects like pool noodles, swim rings and kickboards are great options to use.
Remember, a child should NEVER enter the water to assist another person who is in trouble. Instead always call for an adult to help.
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