Thanksgiving Swimming Safety

Thanksgiving Swimming Safety
Whether about summer barbecues or the winter holidays, we often hear this question: “Can I go swimming after eating?” Believe it or not, there are still parts of the country that enjoy warm weather during the holiday season. So, if Thanksgiving swimming is your thing, we’re here to help. Now, let’s discuss this age-old question!

Go Ahead: Enjoy Some Thanksgiving Swimming!

Thanksgiving is usually a day that includes an abundance of food and drinks. That said, if you’re wondering if you can go for a swim, fear not. Not to contradict the wise words of your parents, it’s generally safe to go swimming after eating.

In fact, the American Red Cross is even on the case. In 2011, the organization put together a scientific advisory committee to look into the matter. The idea was to explore any potential links between eating and drowning. In the end, the review didn’t find any cases of drowning after eating recorded by any of its sources. Luckily, its conclusion was: “eating before swimming is not a contributing risk for drowning and can be dismissed as a myth.”

But First: Beware of Swimming After Drinking

Okay, so we’ve established that some Thanksgiving swimming is probably fine. But, not so fast. As it turns out, your parents were onto something. You see, you should still be careful when swimming after that big Thanksgiving celebration. Except, eating isn’t exactly the concern. In this case, you’ll need to keep an eye on your drinking. This is true in two ways:

  1. Never mix swimming and alcohol

When it comes to Thanksgiving swimming, or swimming on any other day, the rules don’t change. No matter what day it is, it is never a good idea to swim after drinking alcohol. For some, Thanksgiving may include a few cocktails. Still, it is important to remember this rule and abide by it. Alcohol can seriously affect your judgment and reflexes. Unfortunately, this can spell disaster. It can even result in drownings.

  1. Dehydration and cramping

It is possible to get a cramp while swimming. Rather than from eating, this is usually due to dehydration. If you feel sluggish after your meal, you should not get in the water. Make sure you have plenty of water with your meal. Otherwise, you may end up with a cramp.

Stay Safe This Thanksgiving

While we’re talking about Thanksgiving swimming, we’d like to also take a minute to talk about some general Thanksgiving safety. Your safety is always our top priority. During the holiday, remember these important tips:

  • Mind the Kitchen: It is often common for hosts to be pulled away from the kitchen when guests arrive. Always be mindful of what appliances are on and what food is cooking. No one wants burnt food or unexpected fires!
  • Watch the Kids and Pets: Sure, curious kids can get themselves into lots of trouble. However, when boiling water and sharp knives are unattended, the risk is magnified. Of course, this is especially true when adults are distracted and not watching the kids and pets as carefully as usual.
  • Assign a Designated Driver: Swimming isn’t the only thing you should avoid when drinking. If cocktails are involved, be sure that you have a designated driver.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!