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Updated on 05/17/2022

Every year, in France, many victims drown in swimming pools and at sea, in lakes, ponds, bodies of water or rivers.

At all ages and in all places, swimming carries risks: adopt the correct reflexes to prevent drowning because it can often be avoided. Find below all the helpful recommendations to avoid the risk of drowning.

Danger of drowning: How do you act when a person has difficulty in the water?

If you witness someone drowning, call emergency services immediately by calling 112, 15 or 18.

If you witness or have been a victim of a problem at sea from the coast, call the emergency number 196, toll-free from a landline or mobile phone, available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Regional Operations Monitor and Rescue (CROSS), to report on people having difficulty at sea.

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Don’t put yourself at risk. If you have any doubts about your abilities, do not worry. You can try to help the victim by giving him something he can hold on to.

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Accidents are frequent in the summer, and the process of water heating corresponds to a sudden cooling that often occurs after a very rapid entry into the water, and is due to the excessive difference between the skin temperature and the water temperature. After this heat shock, the danger while swimming can be loss of consciousness in the water and thus drowning.

Signs appear before the aqueous injection (headache, convulsions, anxiety, etc.) and should not be overlooked. If you feel any of these signs, get out of the water immediately. To avoid this fluid state, follow these instructions:

– gradually introduce water;
Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.
Avoid swimming after a heavy meal.
Do not consume alcohol before and during.

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Environmentally friendly reminder

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In fresh water as on land, waste and pollutants can harm the lives of many species, including humans. When going about your activity in fresh water, follow good practices:

– Prioritize the use of heavy bags or baskets to hold your belongings to keep them from flying away;
Pay attention to all light objects that may be drawn into the water by the wind, such as plastic bags or bottles;
– use Pocket ashtraythe breech takes time to decompose and contains various substances that are polluting or harmful to the health of animals that they are likely to ingest;
– do not leave waste during breaks, do not throw waste into the water;
– Pick up on the banks and in the water plastic bags who are they real affliction. Plastic accumulates contaminants in water (PCBs, phenols, pesticides, etc.). whole or in part, swallowed by marine animals (fish, birds, etc.), mixing them with their food;
– define the priorities Reusable holders (bottles, bags, suitcases…) and recycle when possible.

Respect the natural environment so that sensitive areas and nesting and breeding areas for local wildlife (reed beds, banks, islets, rivers during low waters) do not deteriorate. waterway AliveIt is the living environment of many plant and animal species.

Learn swimming

Operation I’m Learning to Swim is a free swimming education programme, launched by the Ministry of Sports, geared towards children aged 6-12, with priority given to reaching the most vulnerable populations residing in disadvantaged areas. One of the objectives of the operation is to provide safe swimming skills in order to eliminate the risk of drowning.

  • Find sites that offerOperation “I am learning to swim”
  • ask for advice The device is on the Ministry of Sports website
  • findDrowning Survey 2021, conducted by Public Health France with the support of the Ministry of Solidarity and Health, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Sports and the Ministry of Environmental Transformation and Solidarity. Its aim is to collect and analyze all drownings that occurred in France in order to guide prevention and regulatory actions.

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