Safe Swimming

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) urges beachgoers and those using and maintaining swimming pools, spas, and water parks to focus on simple steps that can be taken to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone. Information available through the links below describes the role of swimmers, aquatics and beach staff, residential pool owners, and public health officials in preventing drowning, swimming-related injuries, and waterborne illnesses.

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2021

The week before Memorial Day, May 24–30, 2021, marks the seventeenth annual Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. Nationwide, communities will be collaborating and engaging in discussion about how to maximize the health benefits of water-based physical activity while minimizing the risk of recreational water–associated illness and injury.

Working together, we can help to prevent people from getting sick from waterborne illness.

Stay Safe and Healthy in Your Backyard Pool

To prevent illness and injury when swimming in follow these steps:

  • Avoid swallowing water when swimming, pool water is disinfected but still contains germs!
  • Don’t swim if you are ill.
  • Shower with soap and water BEFORE and AFTER swimming.
  • Provide continuous and close supervision to swimmers.
  • Know how to recognize swimmers in distress and how to perform CPR.
  • Preventing access to the water when the pool is not in use.
  • Secure pool chemicals from children and pets; and
  • Make sure to wear safety equipment—such as masks, gloves, and goggles—when handling pool chemicals