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The Buddy Rule for Swimming Adventures

We can't stress this enough...NEVER SWIM ALONE! Swimming is a great way to stay active, relax, and enjoy the water. However, it can also be a dangerous activity, especially if you swim alone.

There are so many reasons to have someone with you while you swim.

Having a swim buddy can be a lifesaver in case of an emergency. If you suddenly feel unwell or experience a cramp, having someone with you who can provide assistance or call for help can be critical. Even the strongest swimmers can be caught off guard by unexpected situations, and having a swim buddy can be a lifesaving safety net.


Plus, swimming with a friend can be a lot more fun than swimming alone. You can chat, play games, and build friendships. Swimming can be a solitary activity, and having someone with you can make it a more enjoyable experience.

Drownings most commonly occur in open water, such as lakes, rivers, and oceans. The risk of drowning is higher in unsupervised locations, such as private pools or natural bodies of water, where there are no lifeguards or trained professional to provide assistance in case of an emergency. With no lifeguard, and no emergency help nearby, having a buddy with you can save your life.

This isn't just for people who can't swim. It is important to never underestimate the risks associated with swimming alone, regardless of your swimming ability. Even experienced swimmers can become fatigued or experience unexpected difficulties in the water.

Do you know what a rip current (sometimes also called riptides) is? If you don't, read on! Hundreds of people drown every year in these currents. It's a strong current that moves away from the shore, pulling you out into deeper water. The current pulls you away, and many people fight it by trying to swim straight back. When they become exhausted they can drown.


To learn more about rip currents and how to survive them, watch this video from the Ocean Today. You can see how having a friend with you could save your life in this situation.

Swimming is a fun and healthy activity, but it should never be done alone. The benefits of having someone with you while you swim are numerous, from providing assistance in case of an emergency to making the experience more enjoyable. By swimming with a buddy, you can reduce the risks associated with swimming alone and ensure a safe and rewarding experience. Remember to always exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings when swimming, and never hesitate to ask for help if needed.


icon-howeyWritten by Howey the Dolphin, Water Safety Expert, Houston Swim Club

May 23, 2023
"Water Safety" 

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