Swimming is a healthy activity and has a low risk of injury compared to many other sports. Nevertheless, there are risks associated with swimming. By being smart and cautious you can minimize the risks and play safer in the water.
Before you get in the pool
Make sure you are fit for it. Some level of cardiovascular endurance is expected before you decide to participate in a one-hour workout. If you have doubts or you have any medical condition that might influence your ability to exercise, please check with a physician before you come to the pool.
Also, allow ample time to recover from acute illnesses like colds or surgery; you might be feeling fine when at rest but the stress of the workout could put your body at risk for injury or complications.
Finally, if you have taken mind-altering substances (prescribed or otherwise) it is unsafe for you to swim.
At the pool
Please inform your coach of any medical conditions or medications that might affect your ability to exercise; he or she could advise you on the best course of action and may be better able to help you in case of a problem.
Get in a lane appropriate to your skill level.
Be mindful of your lane-mates:
NEVER dive into a lane before during and after a workout unless a coach is managing the dive practice. Swimmers may change lanes quickly which could cause a collision. Do not dive from the shallow end of the pool; even the best divers can slip on the wet surface.
STOP and REST if at any point in the workout you don’t feel well.
Listen to your coach and follow his/her instructions, they can ask you to switch lanes or get out of the pool if appropriate.
Above all, please use common sense, good judgment and courtesy. By following these simple rules you will be a healthier and safer athlete and the entire team will benefit from it.
- Swim five seconds apart so you don’t get hit after a turn.
- Always swim to the right of the lane to avoid head-on collisions.
- Remember to stop before the wall.
- Don’t flip-turn too close to the wall; you might injure your heels.
To keep our Lawyers happy. By voluntarily coming to the pool you acknowledge and accept the inherent risks of swimming. The facility has a ‘swim at your own risk’ policy. In case of emergency paramedics will be called.QUAC is not responsible for any injuries or mishaps during practices. QUAC does not carry insurance for any injuries or accidents that occur before, during or after a QUAC practice.