In many respects, enjoying the water comes down
to two easy words.... Be prepared.
It's true to say that any sufferer of a medical
condition carries an increased risk of danger
when in or near the water.
This isn't to say that those with medical
conditions should avoid the water. Far from it,
The important thing is to enjoy the water
Do you know your physical capabilities? Are they
suited to the activity you plan?
These questions are especially relevant if you
have a condition which may reduce your ability
or increase your risk in the water.
Everyone's abilities change over time -
especially for those who haven't been active for
a while. If, for example, you have recently
suffered from an illness such as a cold or the
flu, you should probably start with less
demanding activities. Build up slowly. There's
plenty of time.
Having a medical condition such as asthma,
epilepsy, heart conditions, physical or
intellectual disability, shouldn't reduce
anyone's pleasure in the water. Just because
some illnesses or disabilities can make water
more hazardous doesn't mean the water should be
less enjoyable. It's essential, however, that
you have control of your condition through both
a healthy lifestyle and the correct medication
(if medication is necessary).
If in doubt, talk to some who knows - a doctor,
or a trained fitness consultant. Joining a club
or interest group is another great way to
identify your risks and improve your skills in
the water at the same time.