Hosting the Perfect Pool Party – For Kids

The weather is heating up fast, and with what promises to be a scorching summer just around the corner, there is no better time to have a pool party. Not only a great birthday party idea, a pool party is a very popular end of year celebratory event for kids, teens, and adults alike.

How to throw a successful party for kids around your backyard   swimming  pool? With some of the usual, essential party supplies (disposable plates, cups, napkins etc), and following the simple tips below, everyone will have a blast!

SAFETY is of paramount importance at all times, but especially when children and  swimming  pools come together. Be realistic about the number of children you can safely accommodate in your pool and their ages. Younger children should have parents attend. Find out the  swimming  ability of each guest; make sure they bring any necessary flotation devices for themselves and if not able to  swim  at least basically well, have their parent stay and be responsible for them during the party.

Always have at least one  adult  who can  swim  located by the pool’s edge and closely supervising the pool and everyone in it. All pool owners (and parents!) should have at least a basic knowledge of CPR.

Be really clear about the pool rules and don’t be backwards in enforcing them!

SUN PROTECTION always be prepared to supply lots of very high protection sunscreen. Ask kids to bring a hat and rash shirt – and make sure they are worn!

*Insect repellent is good to have on hand if your pool party is being held in the late afternoon or into the evening.

ACTIVITIES most kids will be happy to simply play in the water, but it’s not a bad idea to have some pool games up your sleeve. Have plenty of beach balls, pool noodles, kick boards, and other blow up pool toys to be shared. Diving rings are also a great idea for a pool game. Small kids will enjoy a rubber duckie race – across the pool pushed by noses! Also provide some poolside fun for non-swimmers, or kids who simply don’t want to be in the water. Badminton or jump rope are easy ideas.

MUSIC if possible, set up some speakers outside to provide some background tunes for the party.

FOOD & DRINK Have water to drink on hand and in plentiful amounts. Provide only light snacks initially. It’s best to have the real food at a pool party after the kids have worn themselves out  swimming  and are ready for a break. Remember to have them wait 30 minutes after eating before they get back in – a good time to open gifts, or have a DVD for them to watch after eating. Have some adult snacks for attending parents.

Pool parties can be themed just like any other party; party supplies are available to suit all kinds of watery themes, including The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, or perhaps a Hawaiian theme.

Ask each guest to bring their own swimmers, rash shirt, towel, sun hat and sunscreen, water safety devices if required, goggles if wanted, and a change of clothes and underwear.

You’re all set! Enjoy the party!

Indoor Swimming Pools Linked to Increase in Childhood Asthma

A recent Belgian study, reported by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, found that children who use indoor swimming pools have an increased risk of asthma. The study was conducted by scientists at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

The researchers found that the prevalence of childhood asthma was closely associated to the number of indoor pools for every 100,000 people. They discovered that for each extra swimming pool per 100,000 people, asthma rates in an area go up by 2 to 3 percent. The team of scientists looked at rates for asthma and associated problems in a study of 180,000 children aged 13-14 from various European countries. The researchers believe this increase could be caused by chlorine build-up in indoor swimming pools.

The number of indoor pools varied greatly between Easter and Western Europe; ranging from one pool for every 50,000 inhabitants in Western Europe to one for every 300,000 inhabitants in Eastern Europe. The findings revealed a clear East-West divide in indoor pool availability and rates of asthma.

The Belgian study, presented by Dr. Simone Carbonnelle, showed that exposure to chloramines greatly increases permeability of the lung epithelium. This is a condition that is associated with cigarette smoking. Chlorine by itself isn’t the problem; it’s what happens when chlorine is combined with organics. The organics are produced by pool users in the form of sweat, dander, urine, etc. The chlorine reacts with these organics, producing dangerous chemicals such as nitrogen trichloride, aldehydes, chloroform and chloromines.

According to Dr. Carbonnelle, the level of lung permeability is equivalent of what she would see in a heavy smoker. “These findings suggest that the increasing exposure to chlorine-based disinfectants used in swimming pools and their by-products might be an unsuspected risk factor in the rising incidence of childhood asthma and allergic diseases”, reports Dr. Carbonnelle.

This research may help explain why swimmers in indoor pools are more prone to asthma than athletes in other sports. During the 2000 Olympic Games held in Australia, it was revealed that more than one-quarter of the U.S. Swim Team suffered from some degree of asthma.

An effective way to combat this problem is with a good quality, high efficiency indoor swimming pool dehumidifier. The dehumidifier removes the chlorine along with the moisture laden air. The HI-E Dry line of swimming pool dehumidifiers features remarkable energy efficiency.

Colonial Games

In Colonial times, kids had many more responsibilities and fewer resources for play than kids today. Colonial toys were very plain compared to children’s toys today. Colonial kids’ had to assist with household chores like carrying wood or water, caring for livestock, and sewing and cooking. There was much less time for play in Colonial times but kids still found time for fun and games.

Chores filled a lot of time for kids in Colonial times but many kids would turn daily responsibilities into games or competitions. Tasks like carrying wood could be turned into play by allowing kids to compete against each other in speed and strength. Families in Colonial times were also very large so kids always had companions for play. Many times they would even play without toys by singing or saying favorite rhymes. Racing and tag were old favorites of the time and sometimes kids would even create new games.

Some of the most common games and activities for Colonial kids were tag, relay racing, leap frog, and “London Bridge is Falling Down”.   Swimming  and sledding were seasonal favorites and all of these activities are still popular today. Jump rope and hopscotch were other common games that stood the test of time.

When kids did have toys to play with, they were often meant for more than just play. Toys and games of the time had educational value too. Tag,  swimming , and ball  games  developed physical abilities like speed and strength. These prepared children for physical work as adults. Less physical games like blocks and peg games improved problem solving and analytical skills.

Toys in Colonial times were often homemade by kids or their parents. Dolls could be made of anything from hay to scraps of cloth. And extra wood could make archery sets, spinning tops, peg games, and ball and cup toys.

If kids did have toys to play with they were usually very simple and practical. Hoops were very popular to play with. Kids would either run and roll hoops or toss and catch them. Arching toys taught kids to aim and developed their hunting skills for when they were older. Colonial boys often played with a ball or would fly a kite. Girls would sew or play with dolls.

Another classic Colonial toy was the ball and cup toy. It is a small cup with a handle and a ball attached by a string. The purpose of the game is to catch the ball in the cup. This toy develops hand eye coordination. Spinning tops were another simple, classic toy from Colonial times. Tops are easily made from leftover wood found around the house. They were entertaining to play with and there are many different designs of tops that kids used to make. Jacob’s Ladder is another Colonial toy that is still around today. This toy was made from pieces of wood rather than cards and is a fun illusion for kids.

Dice was another simple prop in child’s play and in Colonial times, dice games could be as simple as repetitive rolls or become more complicated as kids added more rules. Marbles were another old favorite that could be the foundation of any number of Colonial games. Jacks and wooden peg games were great logic and strategy games that could be played with alone or in groups.

I’m sure you recognize more than a few of these Colonial toys. Many of these historical toys and games have survived the years and are still popular in modern times. Colonial games like tag and racing are still common today as well as simplistic playthings like marbles, hoops, blocks, and kites.

Adult Dating and Personals – Finding Sex Partners Online

Dating is supposed to be fun and fulfilling. And, let’s face it, not everyone is exactly seeking a girl or boy to take home to mama, unless of course mama herself is not “traditional”. Adult dating and personals services were designed for those seeking fun and amorous dating. This includes casual sex as well as exploring of fantasies and fetishes.

Now, in this day and age, where “hanging out” and “hooking up” are accepted norms, the line as to where “adult dating” has been blurred quite a bit. Indeed, you can expect virtually each and every married couple to have engaging in premarital sex long before the wedding date, and sometimes the bride’s belly announces the fact. But this article is not about morals. The point is that adult dating is not just about casual relationships as these can be found virtually everywhere today.

However, casual sex is a big part of adult dating and personals in general. In fact, it is what drives the adult dating industry. After all, the same people who seek these types of liaisons in bars and nightclubs have discovered a better venue in online dating: a much better venue.

You see, adult online dating beats the bar scene hands down in that you don’t have to guess who wants what in an adult dating site: it is all spelt out right there in black and white. Plus highly suggestive pictures to go with it.

The first thing you need to do when seeking adult dating partners online is to sign up with a reputable dating site. This is one even more important than when signing up for other types of dating. Why?

Well, the nature of adult personals is that they attract all types of people. It is safe to say that “bad” types of people will be found in an adult dating site. After all, these are people who don’t hide the fact that they are… well, bad (you know, by societal norms). Therefore, you should sign up with a reputable paid dating site. Why not a free dating site?

You want to avoid free adult dating sites simply because they attract a huge number of curiosity seekers and people of ill intentions. No one in his/her right state of mind is going to pay a fee to sign up with an adult dating service “just to see what’s going on there”.

Also, criminal elements like to hang out in free dating sites (including non-adult ones) simply because they know they can hide much more easily. With a paid dating service you can always be traced using the credit card you used to pay your membership fee – unless, of course the card itself is a stolen one.

Next, create a catchy screen name. Just another “hotsandsexyjen24” or “jakethestud” will not get you far. Try to make it more distinctive and meaningful.

Your picture is perhaps the most important aspect of your adult dating profile. You should post more than one if the site allows. This is where you put your best assets out there. In other words, flaunt it if you have it. No, this does not necessarily mean nudity. Rather, you should attempt to bring out your most attractive physical attributes in the picture.

This could be your bosom, bottom, eyes, lips… well, if you have something that people including strangers complement you on, this is what you should attempt to show in the photo.

You also need to write a good personal profile. Adult dating profiles differ from other types of dating in that you are seeking sex or fun partners, not a date in the traditional sense. Go ahead and use adult language – it is the essence of the game. Just say what you want and what you bring. Read other profiles that you like to get an idea and model (but don’t copy) them.

Roleplaying Games Build Great Core Skills in Young Adults

Roleplaying games build real skills in an enjoyable way

If you start teaching people using Roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons they will be able to learn real life skills without even realising.

Mathematics as a skill is in decline

Using dice to generate numbers has been proven to help people stimulate their ability to perform maths. When an immediate game reward is based on the success of the dice roll it becomes apparent that players try to understand how to improve their success chances.

Skills developed using roleplaying dice rolls are;

  • Adding various numbers together quickly
  • Being able to calculate probability of success of an action
  • Working with addition, subtraction, divide, multiply about 15 times an hour of roleplaying
  • Advanced maths of percentages, statistical deviations, and working out averages

Interacting with a diverse group of people

Nothing builds effective skills in dealing with other cultures and people than a roleplaying game. As a player you get to choose your race and culture and are required to interact with up to eigt other players that have made different choices than you.

Diverse cultures that are interacted with by roleplayers;

  • Non-humans like elves, dwarves, and creatures
  • Different age ranges (players & characters) from 10 to 1200+
  • The different backgrounds and education of the characters
  • The different backgrounds and education of the players themselves
  • Different approaches and respect for many religious viewpoints and behaviours
  • Interaction with the different legal consequences of neighbouring countries that can be visited without leaving the room
  • An enormous lexicon of languages, myths, writing, and social behaviours from tribal to world-spanning civilisation

Excellent problem solving skills

At the core of Roleplaying games is the ability to meet problems while in character and come up with solutions for the current problems. This problem solving behaviour can be applied as easily in real life as in roleplaying games.

The process to solve problems is the same and like any new skill, the more times you practice it the better you get. And roleplayers get plenty of practice without any risk to real property, assets or person.

On average a roleplaying game will serve up 10-15 minor problems to be solved and a major problem or two in every eight hour gaming session. This is more effective than any problem solving workshop I have gone to as an adult.

Problem solving skills include;

  • dealing with difficult negotiations
  • travelling to one location without having the funds
  • understanding the local economy to trade items better
  • being able to navigate in unknown worlds or locations
  • responding to unplanned events that range from low risk to highly dangerous (to the characters not the players)

As you can see these are all core skills to have regardless of the career path you decide later and is a fun and cost effective way to teach kids maths and english skills they will need later.

Adult Dating 101 – Mastering the Online Booty Call

With fast talk and even faster action, it’s in your best interest to bring your online booty call skills up to par with the adult dating game.

If you are on the prowl, it can be difficult to determine who is ready for action or whose actions can’t back up their risqué words. Adult dating sites allow for you to satisfy your sexual fantasies by hooking up with like-minded individuals online, but there are several things that you should know if you want to succeed in mastering the online booty call.

Is the action for real?

There is a certain sense of disappointment on adult dating sites. A potential match might lead you to believe that the night contains a great deal of fun and excitement, and you wind up alone and cold because he or she never showed up to seal the deal.

How can you determine if the person you are talking to online is for real? There should be some sense of credibility, even if you’re both talking about a one night stand or a casual relationship. You should be comfortable that the person is genuine, and that he or she is sincerely interested in having a good impromptu time with you.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did the person provide real pictures?
  • Is the person able to answer relevant questions about your general area?
  • Is the person willing to talk on the phone about a potential meeting?
  • If you answered no to any of the above questions, you might be looking at a major scam of disappointment – a person who is all talk and no action.

    Calling all swingers!

    Adult dating sites boost sexual personalities of all types, including swingers. Consider casually approach the subject of swingers in your conversation, just to get a feel for what you may expect. If you like the idea of swinging, then adult dating could open the doors to your sexual fantasies. Don’t expect that you are going to find Mr. or Ms. Right if you are browsing away on an adult dating site, but you may run into your sexual dreams come true.

    Cut to the chase

    If you’re seriously looking for booty call, then it’s probably best not to beat around the bush about it. Like-minded individuals will want to do the deed as eagerly as you. If you present the idea to someone on an adult dating site, and it is not welcomed, just try and try again. Consider the fact that all users won’t be interested in the same sexual activities as you or may not want to move as quickly as you do.

    Explore a variety of possibilities. You might have to frequent different sites in order to find individuals who have similar interests and desires. Stay away from those sites that trash talk swingers, advertise wedding dresses, or have too many pictures of people sitting down to a candlelit dinner. Eventually, you’ll find a site that caters to your sexual wants and needs – allowing you to reap the rewards of mastering the online booty call.

    Games For Adults to Play and Win in Life

    The brain is the most complex organ and like all other parts of the body, it also needs nourishment to be active and kicking. It has been observed through scientific studies and research that playing brain games for adults can have substantial benefit in day-to-day functioning. Playing brain games for adults help exercise the brain just as a regular workout tones the body muscle and keeps you fit and in shape.

    Routine brain exercises aids in decrease of the loss of grey matter that is indeed a symptom of aging and also promotes neurogenesis. Besides these, playing brain teasers, cracking puzzles, solving crosswords help improve attention span and ability to concentrate. Games for adults also benefit by strengthening brain synapses besides increasing blood flow for better brain cells functioning.

    The best way to keep brain cells perform better is to keep it active. We need to compel ourselves to think beyond the ordinary realm. The brain cells should be challenged to think out of box and should be stimulated enough to look for more ideas and alternative solutions. Human nature has the tendency to be complacent with routine activity, and that is where the brain cells are not used actively. In order to stimulate and to make those parts of the brain that remains inactive, it has been found that brain games for adults have proved beneficial.

    Brain games for adults are so designed that it challenges your cognitive function and helps improve with time. The games are designed to improve memory, speed of processing information, attention span, response time, flexibility and also problem solving capacity. Different kinds of brain games for adults focuses on these key areas and thereby help in improving overall quality of life and well being.

    One of the games for adults is Color Match. In this game you will be shown two boxes. On one box the name of the color is written and on the other a color name is shown. However, what is it that you need to check is if the color of the text on the right matches with the meaning of the word that is there on the left. As you continue playing this game you will realize that in your daily life as you work fast, you will commit lesser number of errors and mistakes. Your perfection increases with increased work speed as well as work load.

    The game also helps you to control your impulse and channelize energy productively. As humans we always need to make informed response and not act under impulse. This game teaches us how to control our impulse.

    So, why not play these games for adults and lead a healthier and meaningful life.

    Why Concrete Swimming Pools Are a Good Choice

     Swimming  pools add to the landscape of your home, whether they are in the ground or above. Most people enjoy an area where they can lounge, relax, take a  swim  and exercise, hence,  swimming  pools are a popular choice.

    There are many different kinds of  swimming  pools available in the market such as concrete, metal, fiberglass, vinyl and plastic. Out of all these, concrete seems to be a popular choice of material for construction of pools. There are many reasons for this:

    Customized Shapes

    This is an attractive advantage of concrete  swimming  pools. Customized shapes mean that these pools can be designed and constructed in any shape that the buyer wants them. You do not have to stick with the typical rectangular or square shape when having your pool constructed. With the help of a designer or a professional, the buyer can have any shape he/she wants.

    Easy to Position

    Concrete  swimming  pools can be built wherever you want them to be located. This means that they can be constructed far away from your house or close to it. You are sure to get envious glances from your neighbors if you choose to construct it in the middle of your garden.

    Accessorize your Pool

    For those who want to get fancier with their pool designs, they have the option on installing a waterfall in their pool. The waterfall can be constructed anywhere on the pool and will usually be positioned higher than the height of the pool. You can decorate this area with plants. The waterfall adds a nice touch to your pool and makes the area look serene.

    Add Tiles

    The area around the pool can also be finished nicely with tiles. These tiles can be of the homeowner’s choice and you can pick any color, design, or pattern you wish. The areas that can be paved are the walls, the surrounding area as well as the interior of the pool.

    Ample Space to Lounge

    Space is also another concern for most people and this issue is also dealt with conveniently when it comes to concrete  swimming  pools. Such pools allow for a lot of space for you to lounge and spend some quality time by yourself or with your family and friends. This is because the steps can be built inside the pool and do not take up outside space as is the case with steps built outside the pool.

    You must keep your budget constraints in mind when deciding to go for a concrete  swimming  pool. They are expensive and they require more time to be built and set up as well. It is wise to take the help of a professional rather than try to do it yourself.

    Take the time out to keep a few things in mind before you approach a professional service. Look for the best spot for your pool keeping in mind the convenience of access to this spot. Another thing to consider is the size; how big do you want it? Concrete pools could be small, medium or large – depending on your requirements. It is good to be prepared before you hire help.

    For more information on concrete  swimming  pools or concrete pools, you may contact: Westralia Pools.

    How to Repair Swimming Hair Damage

    Chlorine and Your Hair

    Imagine your hair as a sponge absorbing water. Before you get in the pool, wet your hair with fresh water. With non-chlorinated water on board, your hair won’t be able to soak-up as much chlorine while you swim. And always rinse your hair with clean water after swimming; chlorine in pools not only dries-out your hair, but will fade the colour too.

    Chlorine in swimming pools can cause sebum – oil that lubricates your hair shaft – to start building up in your hair follicles. As time passes follicles can become blocked, creating further hair damage. After Swimming use a good ‘clarifying’ shampoo. The main ingredient to look for is EDTA (Ethylene Diamine Tetra Acetic Acid). It’s like a chemical claw, removing chlorine from your hair.

    Baking soda is a wonderfully inexpensive home remedy. Shampoo as usual, but add ¼ cup baking soda to your shampoo. Using this mixture once a week can remove water impurities and lighten your hair. Also consider mixing baking soda with hair conditioner in your hand to condition the ends of your hair. It’ll give your hair more volume, body and health.

    Protect Your Hair from the Inside

    Drinking plenty of water every day is a good way to lubricate damaged or excessively dry hair. Other liquids such as herbal teas and fruit juices also help. Be moderate in your use of coffee and colas, as they can cause dehydration to your hair and skin.

    A healthy diet and recommended use of vitamins will help the overall health of your hair by providing a boost of minerals and nutrients. Besides feeding hair with vitamins, minerals and amino acids you can crank up the moisture by adding daily Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) supplements. Flax Seed is reported to be a great EFA that softens a woman’s hair and skin.

    Be Gentle

    Don’t mangle your hair by brushing it when wet. Instead, comb it with a wide-tooth comb. Work out tangles as you move from the ends toward the scalp. Don’t over dry – leave some moisture in to prevent static. Use care when styling. Your hair will be better-off if you don’t use styling appliances; but if you must, don’t let your hair get too hot and avoid aggressive manipulation of your hair.

    Hats Best to Stop Damaging Rays

    UV-radiation from the sun can damage your hair, fading colour and making it brittle. Although some hair care products claim they contain sun protection, wearing a hat or cap around the pool or beach to is the simplest, most effective way to look after your hair.

    Deep Conditioning Hair Treatments

    If you already have damaged hair, perhaps it’s time for intensive treatment to turn the tide for your bruised hair cuticles. Whether you whip up your own recipe, go to your favourite salon or buy an off-the-shelf product, you may need to perform intensive conditioning at least once a week.

    Salon treatments are more expensive and usually involve the application of a healing hair masque or deep conditioning product to return your hair to its natural, healthy appearance.

    Keep these tips in mind next time you’re at the pool or beach. With a little care and know-how, you can maintain great-looking hair while enjoying the benefits of outdoor exercise.

    Water Safety in Open Water Swimming

    Man, was I jealous.

    I was ten and half when my older brother turned twelve and joined the Boy Scouts. I wanted to join so badly, but I had a year and half to wait. Older brothers get all the breaks. But, a few months later the rules changed and we could join the Boy Scouts at eleven instead of twelve. I was elated.

    I was so excited I couldn’t see straight. The next month I was a Boy Scout. Wow, Mom took me to Sears and an Army Surplus store and I got a Boy Scout shirt, an Army surplus web belt with canteen, a Boy Scout knife and a Boy Scout axe. I was in business.

    Our meetings were held in a church across the street from the Junior High School I was still too young to attend. That’s where I met Jimmy and Johnny Peterson. Jimmy and Johnny’s Dad was the Pastor at the church where we had our meetings. They were twin brothers and had a younger brother a year older than me and all three were in our Boy Scout troop. Jimmy and Johnny were sixteen, good athletes, very good-looking, known and liked by everyone at the school. Guys liked them, girls loved them and I looked up to them as heroes as young boys always look up to and admire older guys.

    All the younger boys in the Scout troop wanted to be noticed and to hang around with Jimmy and Johnny Peterson. I was lucky. My older brother was in with them, and so was another older guy, Ted Lind, who was fourteen and lived only a few doors away from my brother and me. He was another popular older guy and I used to hang out with him a lot, tagging along. But, he liked me, so he let me do that. Apart from my relationship with Ted, I developed a special bond with Jimmy and Johnny Peterson as well.

    We used to play a game at Scout meetings where all the guys would form a circle facing inward with their hands folded behind their backs. One guy would be it and he would walk around the outside of the circle with a lanyard and would drop that lanyard into the hands of any guy at random, as he walked around the circle. Then he’d take off running and the guy who now had the lanyard would chase after him and if he could catch up to him, he’d whip the guy’s butt with the lanyard until the first guy reached the empty spot in the circle where the guy chasing had been and the chaser would stop running and walk around until he dropped the lanyard into another guy’s hands.

    Then off he’d go. One day Jimmy Peterson dropped that lanyard into my hands. I chased him of course, but couldn’t catch him, I couldn’t hit him with the lanyard. Then I dropped the lanyard into Johnny Peterson’s hands and he chased me, beating my butt the whole way around. That became a tradition of sorts. I guess the twins respected me for letting them whip me the way they did and they didn’t pull any punches. But, I kept giving them the lanyard anyway and they’d give it back to me a lot so I could try to get even.

    I never did, though, I wasn’t fast enough. There were four older guys who always led special hikes and other activities, one other guy who was not so well liked, and Jimmy, Johnny and Ted. All the younger guys wanted to go along on these special hikes, but the older guys got to select the few who could go. I got to go with them every time. So did my brother. Then one day the Petersons moved away. Their father had gotten an assignment somewhere in the Midwest. It was a very sad event to see them go. Seemed like half the kids from the Junior High School were at the church that day. I would really miss them.

    About six months after the Peterson’s moved away we found out that Jimmy and Johnny had both drowned during a storm on the lake where they were out in a canoe. That was one of saddest days I can remember as a kid.

    Jimmy and Johnny were known to be strong swimmers. That made it ever more unbelievable that they had drowned. My older brother also became a very strong swimmer. He was a life guard during the summers and had extensive experience in ocean swimming. When we’d go to the beach he’d swim out so far I could barely see his head bobbing and he’d be out there for over an hour.

    Thirty six years after Jimmy an Johnny Peterson drowned, when he was forty-nine years old, my brother died in a drowning accident in the ocean on a routine scuba diving check out. Something had gone wrong with his equipment. My older brother didn’t get a break that day.

    It’s good to know how to swim. My brother was a great swimmer, so were the Peterson twins. But, no matter how good you are, you have to use common sense about taking chances. I don’t think my brother was doing anything risky when he drowned, but he took a lot of chances when we were kids. He made everyone nervous when we went to the beach and he swam out so far we couldn’t even see him and stayed out for an hour.

    Learn how to swim and learn how to swim well, teach your kids how to swim, but don’t take unnecessary risks. It can cost your life.

    Keep in mind these rules for water safety in open water swimming.

    1. Currents flowing parallel to the beach are called lateral currents. Not especially dangerous to the average swimmer, lateral currents can pull swimmers into more dangerous rip currents, the main cause of surf accidents. Rip currents can pull even strong swimmers from shallow into deeper water. If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shoreline in the same direction as the lateral current until you are past the rip stream, when you can turn toward shore.

    2. Lifeguards can give you information on current or dangerous conditions. Always observe their instructions.

    3. Never swim alone

    4. Don’t exaggerate your swimming ability. Be realistic, don’t overestimate your skill level, especially in open water swimming.

    5. Understand that anyone’s swimming ability is greatly degraded in cold water. Unless you are in a tropical zone, ocean and lake water is typically cold.

    6. Never swim when drinking alcohol, you may be intoxicated and not realize it.

    7. Do not take out small or unstable boats far from shore in choppy water or stormy weather.

    8. And lastly, don’t take risks or show off in dangerous ways.