Health Tip: Dive Safely

Never dive into above-ground pools

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(HealthDay News) -- Diving into water that's too shallow can lead to a spinal cord injury, permanent brain damage and even death, the American Academy of Pediatrics warns.

The academy offers this list of safe diving practices:

  • Always check to see how deep the water is by initially entering feet-first.
  • Above-ground pools usually are not deep enough for diving, so never dive into that type of pool.
  • Never dive into the shallower end of a pool.
  • Don't dive through inner tubes or other toys.
  • Take a class to learn proper diving.

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