People with epilepsy can swim and participate in water sports – as long as they take appropriate safety measures. You need to balance the risk of the activity with how your epilepsy affects you. Below are some tips to help make swimming and participating in water sports safer.
KNOW HOW TO SWIM
Whether your have epilepsy or not, knowing how to swim is the most basic tip for water safety.
Even if you don’t think you like swimming, knowing how to swim makes other activities on and near the water safer (boating, fishing, hiking, etc.)
TALK TO YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
Talk to your health care provider to determine if swimming and/or other water activities are right for you.
REMEMBER: A Seizure IN THE WATER IS ALWAYS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY – CALL 911
If you are with someone who has a seizure in the water, get the person out of the water and position them in a safe place. Then, follow the instructions in their Seizure Action Plan.
Seizure Safety Tips for Swimming
Seizure Safety Tips for Water Sports
Meet MORGAN. She was told she couldn’t participate in her school’s rowing crew team after her epilepsy diagnosis. Working with her Health Care Provider and her team, she found an inflatable vest she would wear – light enough to row with – but triggered to inflate upon submersion in the water. She was able to continue rowing and be ‘seizure safe’.