Shallow Water Blackout



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When we talk about dangers in and around water, shallow water blackout is not a common subject.
Shallow water blackout (SWB) is most common among physically fit swimmers, spear fishermen and free divers and can happen in water of any depth. SWB occurs when a person holds their breath for an extended period of time under the water. It results from low oxygen to the brain (hypoxia) and causes the swimmer to blackout. If the swimmer is not immediately pulled from the water this results in drowning.
The Shallow Water Blackout Prevention organisation is working to reduce the number of people killed through awareness and education.

To avoid SWB the Shallow Water Blackout Prevention organisation suggests to:
• Never hyperventilate
• Never ignore the urge to breathe
• Never swim alone
• Never play breathe-holding games
• No repetitive underwater laps. One Lap, breathe.

This is an important conversation for all parents to have with their children to ensure that they know to come up for a breath when playing in water.

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There are many ways to teach children about safety in water. Our approach, using flotation as a teaching aid, has produced excellent results.

It is proven that low stress levels increase coordination, so at Swimland, we encourage low stress with the use of teaching aids (floaties, back bubbles, kickboards, noodles etc). As a child becomes more confident, and therefore less stressed, we reduce the amount of teaching aids the child uses. We have also found that swimmers who are less stressed progress faster.

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If your swimmer has been at the same level for a while or is finding a skill a little difficult, our Deck Supervisor will talk to you about some strategies to help them move forward and will be working with your teacher to ensure your swimmer continues to progress. At Swimland, we will always offer extra support to those who need it.

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Little ones under three should also wear either a swim nappy or swim wear that is firm fitting around the legs.