People with epilepsy sometimes feel that the benefits of swimming do not outweigh the risk of having a seizure in the water. However, by taking a few simple precautions, most people with epilepsy can safely participate in swimming and other activities in the water.
Speak to your doctor about whether your seizures are sufficiently well controlled to permit swimming; don't swim alone – preferably only swim when there is a qualified life-saver present; tell the pool supervisor or your swimming companion that you have epilepsy, and check that they know what to do if you have a seizure; only swim where you feel safe and confident – avoid swimming in overcrowded pools, the sea, rivers, lakes or very cold water; don't swim if you're feeling unwell or tired, or have recently changed your medication or have missed any doses; and don't get too tired or cold while in the water.
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