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What is Pull Buoy?

A pull buoy is a piece of foam-like swimming equipment that floats on the water. It looks like a figure of 8 used to help align your lower body and legs nearer to the water surface; it improves streamlines swimming position.

While it is not good to rely too much on any equipment, and pull buoy should not come off in exception. It is necessary to practice it earlier on during swimming lessons or individual training. Practicing swimming with a pull buoy on a regular basis will help to correct your body position for many different swimming strokes, it can help you build arm strength, all and all increase your swimming efficiency, and helps you swim faster.

It is always good practice to include one in your training session; it adds more variety in your training, isolates a certain part of your body, and improves your general swimming strokes.

The Safety Essentials – Pull Buoy

Many Singaporeans spend their weekends around water. Most of us know that pull buoys help to correct our body position during swimming lessons for all kinds of swimming strokes. However, it can also be used as equipment in the swimming pool to aid you in water safety.

Singapore is a nation with a lot of sporting facilities, and swimming has been one of the focus of Singapore. For the past years, many swimming facilities, swimming certifications, and sports facilities have been upgraded to better serve the public sectors. Water parks, public swimming complexes, and private swimming pools have gone on the surge.

Pull buoy is a piece of essential equipment in the swimming pool

Following this outburst, whether it’s at the beach or by the pool, it’s smart to always make sure babies and toddlers learn basic water safety and swimming skills as early as possible. Adult and swimming instructors’ supervision should and always be required.

We are all too familiar headlines or news of young kids not knowing how to swim with no proper swimming confidence drowning cases around the world. One familiar one was the boy of age eight years old primary 3 students found dead in the Bukit Batok Civil Service Club in Singapore around October 2017.

Resuscitation efforts were done and continued until the paramedics arrived. The boy who has three sisters died ten days later in the hospital. His death marked the 12th drowning accident aged 12 and below since January 2014.

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A small child can drown in as little as 5cm of water, just enough to cover their face and nose. Everyone needs to make sure to have some basic first aid equipment around the swimming pool, including a first aid kit and a life preserver of some kind.

Life preserver may include a buoyant jacket, lifebuoy, belt, or any other like device design and can keep a person afloat by providing buoyancy in water.

Usually, life jackets are a piece of necessary worn equipment for going into recreational boats. Everyone must wear one PFD for each person aboard the boat. It’s also a good essential for those learning how to swim for the first time and individuals swimming in lakes, oceans, and rivers. Life jackets and lifebuoys can now be readily seen on some swimming pools for poor swimmers alike for floatation.

Life jackets are great lifesaver equipment to help protect a person against hypothermia and cold shock response. This is one crucial threat when the rescue might be slow in coming. The life jacket will help to keep a person’s head and body slightly above water so that it stays dry and help to hold heat. Instead of trying to exert heat and wasting energy in treading water, people with life jackets can hide their legs into their chests and slow down the escape of body heat.

Most life jackets are colored bright, tend to stand out in the water, aid in rescue efforts, and provide better visibility. Life jackets can absorb the impact of falls and minimize injuries, especially important for those kids who like to run around in swimming pools.

It will come in handy if people happened to fall in pool accidentally for weak and non-swimmers, a life jacket can give some valuable comfort time in adjusting to the shock. Of course, learning and knowing how to swim is a better measure and foresight to prevent all these aftershocks, but life preservers alike will also play a vital role in everyone’s water safety.

You, too, can invest in knowledge and skills-building course such as first aid courses as well as first aid training to kick start your lifesaving goals.

Your first action is to get your child out of the swimming pool, moved onto safety if he/she submerged in the water. Always check if they are still breathing, and if they aren’t, always place your child on the hard surface before calling for help, followed by performing CPR.

Do not assume it is too late to save a child; it is never too late. Continue to do CPR even if the child is non-responsive or motionless, do till medical professionals take over. It is essential that everyone learn CPR or some kinds of lifesaving skills to be able to save lives during a critical situation.

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