Swimming is a favourite pastime for many South Africans. However, a fun day out in the sun can quickly turn into a tragedy when swimming facilities are not secured, operated and maintained properly.

It was reported in April 2014, that drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury related deaths with an estimated 359 000 annual drowning deaths worldwide.

Common causes for accidents at swimming facilities include:

  • Slippery surfaces
  • Murky water
  • Improper pool maintenance
  • Improper or defective gates and fences
  • Overcrowded swimming facilities
  • Distracted or undertrained lifeguards
  • Defective swimming pool drains
  • Inadequately marked shallow or deep ends.

Even when fatal drowning is avoided, serious injuries can be associated with accidents at swimming facilities including:

  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Orthopaedic injuries

Talk to a Drowning and Swimming Facilities specialist advisor today

Obtain free initial advice and the opportunity to talk through your experience with Nicole our drowning and unsafe swimming facilities specialist

Tel 082 498 2567
Email nicoled@medlaw.co.za