Swimming Safety For Pets

swimming dogWhether you’re looking to head to the lake, the beach, or the local pool, taking your pet dog along for the ride can be a fun experience.

Many dogs greatly enjoy swimming as much as humans do, but as with kids, you need to make sure that your pet remains safe during your outing. Here are some effective common sense swimming safety tips that all pet owners should be aware of:

1. Just like humans, dogs need to actively learn how to swim before they’re ready to go into the water. Never under any circumstances should you toss your dog into the water hoping that his survival instinct kicks in! It is traumatizing for your pet, and he or she may drown in the process. To get your pet to learn the concept of swimming, try tossing a ball or stick near the water and slowly tossing it further to help your pet advance.

2. Many pet owners assume that their dog is going to be a good swimmer, but keep in mind that not all dogs can swim. In fact, dogs that have large bodies and small legs generally don’t like to swim as a way of enjoyment, but rather for survival. Keep in mind, that your dog’s vision is poor at night and as a result of advanced age, therefore, swimming may not be a safe idea.

3. Ear infections are quite common in dogs, so you need to take care of your pet by cleaning his or her ears after their water adventure. Water from lakes and the ocean can make way for bacterial growth and eat away at your pet’s ear drum, which is one horrible ear infection you wouldn’t want your pet to have. Have your vet show you the responsible way of keeping your pet’s ear clean and you can use the same method to clear water out once your pet is done swimming.

4. Always supervise your dog when you’re near water. If it’s your own swimming pool at home, make sure you put up safety fencing so your pet doesn’t fall in, and keep a life vest handy for your dog. Additionally, train your pet how to get out of the pool if he or she falls in unexpectedly!

5. Be sure your pet goes to the bathroom before entering the pool area. There is nothing worse than having a pet that uses the pool deck as a place to do it’s business. Not only is it not pleasant, but there are many safety concerns when pet droppings get close to swimming water. Watch for those bathroom signs and be sure to help your pet along in that area!

file3501240953700Swimming accidents are very real thing, even with pets. To avoid losing your pet to drowning, make sure you employ the tactics discussed above for a safe swimming trip.


10 Best Swimmers

Who Are The 10 Swimmers?

Olympians are some of the most exciting people to watch, in part because they possess skills that the average person does not.  There are many sports featured in the Olympics.  One of the most popular is swimming.  Viewers will find swimming including in the summer programs of the Olympic games.  Who are the top 10 swimmers?

1. Michael Fred Phelps II

Michael PhelpsAmerican Michael Phelps is considered the greatest swimmer of all time.  The 30-year-old won a total of 22 medals. He also holds the record for the most gold medals – 18.  In addition to his medals he has won many other awards including the World Swimmer of the Year Award, of which he won seven times, and the American Swimmer of the Year Award of which he’s won nine times.  Phelps is currently retired, but may still compete in various swimming events.

2. Mark Andrew Spitz

The American 65-year-old Mark Spitz is the second greatest swimmer of all-time behind only Michael Phelps. He won seven gold medals at the Olympics in Munich.

3. Ian James Thorpe

Australian Ian Thorpe (nicknamed Thorpedo and Thorpey) won five Olympic gold medals. The Australian, who specializes in freestyle, is the only Australian to win five Olympic gold medals in swimming.  The 32-year-old Thorpe is considered one of Australia’s most popular athletes.

4. Alexander Vladimirovich Popov

Russian Alexander Popov won four individual Olympic gold medals in freestyle.  In fact, the 43-year-old Popov is considered one of the greatest in freestyle swimming.

5. Pieter van den Hoogenband

Pieter van den Hoogenband won three gold medals at the Olympic games and seven overall.  The 37-year-old Dutch swimmer has nicknames, such as  The Flying Dutchman.

6. Peter Johann Weissmuller

Born in a part of Hungary that is now a village in Serbia, Johnny Weissmuller was one of the best competitive swimmers in the 1920s, winning five Olympic gold medals. After his swimming career, he played Tarzan on the screen. Weissmuller died at the age of 79 in 1984.

7. Grant George Hackett

Grant Hackett is an Australian swimmer known for being one of the greatest distance swimmers of all time. The 35-year-old Grant has a gold medal from the Olympics for the 500 metres freestyle race.

8. Krisztina Egerszegi

Hungarian Krisztina Egerszegi is considered one of the greatest Hungarian Olympic swimmers of all time.  The 41-year-old Egerszegi has five individual Olympic gold medals and is the first female to do so.  Her speciality is the backstroke.

9. Deborah Elizabeth Meyer

338x600American Debbie Meyer, at only 16, won three individual gold medals at the Olympics.  The 63-year-old Meyer is the only female to win not one but three individual gold medals at an Olympic games.

10. Kristin Otto

German swimmer Kristin Otto has six gold medals.  The 49-year-old Otto is the first female to win six gold medals.

As the Olympics continue in history, the public will be treated to many more swimmers.  Perhaps one of them will even surpass the achievements of the greatest swimmer to date, Michael Phelps.

What You Need to Know about Dry Drowning and Secondary Drowning

cropped-IMGP8309.jpgDry Drowning and Secondary Drowning are the silent killer for children.

Though they work a little differently they can both lead a deadly result.

Beware of the signs and symptoms so you can understand what needs to happens if you come across this situation.

Dry Drowning

Dry Drowning occurs when a child is in the pool and although there is no water inhaled the body triggers a spasm in the vocal cords and water (not from the pool) begins to fill the lungs. The edema interferes when the cycle in the lungs and causes a drowning affects once the lungs are depleted of oxygen.

Secondary Drowning

Secondary Drowning does work a little differently. The water that is ingested slowing disrupts a substances that allows for oxygen to circulate correctly within the lungs. Without the substance the airway collapses and airflow is restricted. Edema then sets in to help create air flow only to fail and induce secondary drowning.


Both the signs and the symptoms are the same for both dry drowning and secondary drowning. These include heaving breathing, trouble with breathing, shortness of breath, coughing, or chest discomfort. Fatigue or behavioral changes may also be present.


Symptoms for dry drowning usually occur within an hour of the event in question. Secondary drowning symptoms usually set in between 1-24 hours. It’s always a good idea to keep a close eye on a child that has ingested too much pool water.

What You Can Do

Although dry drowning and secondary drowning only account for about 1-2% of all drowning incidents it is still something that is needing awareness.

The first thing that can be done to prevent these kind of drownings is to prevent the event itself. Practice pool safety by getting weak swimmers swimming lessons. Also, get a lock for the gate to prevent little ones from sneaking into the pool area.

Always be prepared when you are planning to go for a swim. Have a cell phone nearby, floating devices, and always only swim when a lifeguard is on duty!

Swim Safety

100_3451Safety with swimming always needs to come first. So many accidents could have been avoided by taking these simple measures.

It becomes very easy to skip right to the fun and not take these precautions seriously. No amount of fun is worth losing a life.

Swimming is great exercise for awesome cardio not to mention the fun that is had for pool parties. But be safe and consider these tips before diving in.

Always Swim with a Buddy

I have heard of so many people that ending up passing out or having a seizure while they were swimming and no one there to help them. Obviously, this doesn’t happen all the time, but it can happen. Having someone there to help you not only makes for a good time, but also can save a life.

Get a Lock for the Gate

Little kids are curious. There is no doubt about it. A simple lock is all is takes to keep them safe from the dangers of an unattended pool.

Never Leave Children Unattended

Even when you are out and about around the pool side never, ever leave a child by themselves for one second. Things happen so quickly and toddlers especially are unusually fast at getting themselves into big trouble fast.

Kids that are pretty good swimmers also should not be left alone for any amount of time, even if they have friends.

Enroll in Swim Lessons

So many places are offering swim lessons and most of the time for a pretty good deal too. Any age is a great time to start swimming lessons or brush up on new techniques that you may want to develop.

Use Sun Screen

Between the hours of 10am-4pm the sun is at it’s hottest. Be sure you are using sun screen that is at least 15spf. This not only helps protects your skins from the unwanted rays, but also protects what’s going on inside your body as well.

Stay Hydrated

Drink Water! Keep those fluid flowing. The longer you are outside the more likely you are to lose the water in your body and then start to become dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to severe sickness. Bottom’s up and keep the water coming!


Of course there are many other things that you may want to keep in mind when you are swimming whether for fun or for sport, but these are the big ones. Follows these to give extra precaution to your fun time!



Welcome to My Austin Swim Team!

Here we will discuss many issues of the swimming sport, both for sport and for fun. But the most important thing about swimming is obviously safety. We definitely want to make sure that even while we are having fun we are also being cautious and putting in place some of those key safety measures. Nothing ruins the sports of swimming like an injury or worse.

Follow along on our page here to get the best advices and tips for your swimming sport. You don’t want to miss these awesome blog posts that will be headed your way!