Swimming Safety: First Aid and CPR Tips

Summer is here and that means it’s time to hit the beach or pool. Swimming is a fun and refreshing way to beat the heat, it’s important to stay safe and  you are prepared for emergencies. In this article, we’ll provide some tips on first aid and CPR for swimming safety.

First Aid for Swimming Emergencies

There are a few common injuries and emergencies that can occur while swimming, such as:

  • Drowning: Drowning is a serious and often life-threatening emergency that requires immediate attention. If someone is drowning, their head may be low in the water and they will be unable to call for help. They may also be struggling to keep their head above water. If you see someone drowning, try to reach them from the shore or use a flotation device to help them. If you can’t reach them, call for help and get a lifeguard or other trained professional as soon as possible.
  • Cramps: Swimmers can sometimes get cramps while in the water. These can be caused by overexertion, dehydration, or other factors. If someone has a cramp, help them to the side of the pool or beach and have them gently stretch the muscle that is cramping. If the cramp persists, it’s a good idea to seek medical attention.
  • Cuts and scrapes: If someone gets a cut or scrape while swimming, it’s important to clean the wound and apply a bandage to prevent infection. If the wound is deep or appears to be infected,  seek medical attention. Brisbane First Aid covers this information in the first aid course HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid.

CPR for Swimming safety a Emergencies

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a vital skill to have in case of a swimming emergency. CPR can be used to save someone’s life if they are not breathing or if their heart has stopped beating. Here are the steps for performing CPR:

  1. Follow the DRSABCD – Call for help: If you are at a pool, beach, or other location with a lifeguard or other trained professionals, call for help. If you are alone, call 000 and follow the operator’s instructions.
  2. Check the person’s breathing: If the person is not breathing, start CPR immediately. If they are breathing, put the person in the recovery position. Monitor their breathing and be prepared to start CPR if their breathing stops.
  3. Begin CPR: If the person is not breathing, start CPR by kneeling down next to them and placing the heel of one hand on the centre of their chest, with the other hand on top. Interlock your fingers and press down hard and fast, at a rate of about 100-120 compressions per minute. After every 30 compressions, give two breaths into the person’s mouth by tilting their head back and lifting their chin. Pinch their nose shut and blow into their mouth until you see their chest rise. Repeat the compressions and breaths until help arrives or the person starts breathing on their own.

It’s important to note that CPR should only be performed by trained individuals. If you are not trained in CPR, you should still call for help and follow the operator’s instructions. Brisbane First Aid offers CPR courses online and face-to-face. 


Swimming is a great way to cool off and have fun. It is important to stay safe and be prepared for emergencies. By knowing some basic first aid and CPR techniques, you can help keep yourself and others safe while enjoying the water. If you are not already trained in first aid and CPR, consider booking a course with Brisbane First Aid to learn these important skills. Stay safe and have fun while swimming.

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