Swim Safely- Directorate General of the Internal Security Forces (ISF)
With the beginning of the swimming season in Lebanon, there is a higher incidence of drowning faced by citizens and residents, particularly children while swimming or when in the proximity of rivers, pools, and irrigation ponds.
The ISF advises citizens and residents to exercise caution while swimming for their own safety and the safety of their children. Here are tips and guidelines to prevent drowning while swimming:
- Minors should always be accompanied by adults.
- Minors should not be swimming or playing in the water without supervision.
- Minors should not be allowed to run around pools or jump in the deep end.
- Children should not use water floats in deep waters for fear of being carried by the current.
- Wear specialized swimming life vests especially for those who cannot swim well.
- Do not swim right after eating.
- Don’t consume alcohol and swim or engage in other water activities such as diving or canoeing.
- Swim in areas with lifeguards and make sure you are within their sight.
- Do not swim in irrigation pools.
- Do not swim alone, especially if you suffer from a medical condition such as epilepsy, asthma, diabetes or heart disease. Try to swim with a friend, or notify the lifeguards so they can be ready in case of emergency.
- Do not swim in the sea at night.
- Avoid wearing clothing not suitable for swimming for reasons of safety and public health.
- Do not swim in strong currents or in heavy winds.
- If you see someone facing issues while swimming, call immediately for help.
For further information or emergency call:
ISF Emergency Hotline: 112
Civil Defense Hotline: 125