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Water Safety during Your Mombasa Vacation

safety-firstHeading to Mombasa for a vacation or business trip means that you’re most likely going to be spending at least some time out on the water. The beautiful tropical waters in Mombasa are one of the key attractions and there is so much to do here. You can swim, snorkel, and even scuba dive to your heart’s content.

Being safe in the water is essential, not just for children but also for adults. Some of the best safety tips for you, your family, and your coworkers are listed below.

Understand tide, currents, and rip current.

Depending on the weather in the area, even a storm several hundred miles away from Mombasa could impact the water currents. This can cause riptides, which can quickly pull you out away from the shore.

You are responsible for your own safety in Mombasa, so know that if you get caught in a rip current, don’t fight it. You will expend too much energy trying to swim to shore that you will be exhausted by the time the rip lets you go. Instead, swim parallel to the shore until you are free of it.

Scuba dive with a partner.

There’s a reason your scuba BC vest or tank has a separate regulator; it’s for emergencies when you’re diving. It’s not for you but for your partner and he or she will have one, too.

Always be sure to dive with at least one other person and stay together when diving. Most accidents that result in serious injury or death scuba diving occur when a person is solo diving.

Don’t run by the Mombasa hotel’s pool.

This is a general rule of thumb: don’t run by the pool. Running can lead to slipping and this can cause serious injuries and even death. There’s no reason to put yourself or anyone else at risk by running around the pool. This advice is especially important for children who don’t often understand the risks involved in rough-house play or running when around a pool.

Never swim when tired.

If you’re tired, avoid the deep end of the pool and never go into the ocean. Fatigue can often be underestimated and can lead to panic and serious problems for the swimmer.

Following this water safety advice should help keep you safe on your Mombasa vacation or business trip.