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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Swimming Safety Tips

Over the Fourth of July weekend I heard about a young boy who drowned while swimming in the ocean. I thought it would be a good time to provide some swimming safety tips, not just for the ocean, but for all types of swimming.

Follow these tips for a safer swimming adventure:

1. Never swim alone. Even if you’re a good swimmer, unexpected things can happen, so have a buddy with you.

2. Never dive into water when you can’t see how deep it is. Never dive into shallow water.

3. Never swim during a thunder storm. If you hear thunder or see lightning, get out of the water and seek shelter.

4. If you are at a pool, do not run around the pool or push someone in. Never dunk anyone while in the water.

5. Do not eat while swimming.

6. If water levels are high and the current is strong in a river, stay out of it! Too many people die needlessly from accidents around high water. Don’t even go near a swollen river because it is just too dangerous. Rocks are slippery when wet and if you fall in, you could get swept away.

7. If you are swimming in the ocean, pay attention to life guards. If there is a danger of rip currents, stay near the shoreline or out of the water altogether.

8. Children should always be accompanied by an adult.

9. Never drink alcohol before or during swimming or any other water activity.

10. Take swimming lessons. If you are not a good swimmer, wear a life jacket, especially if you’re out in a boat. (Everyone should wear a life jacket while out in a boat.)

Stay safe out there this summer!

For some great resources on ocean swimming safety, check out these web sites:

Ocean Swimming Safety (Cape Hatteras National Seashore)

Rip Currents (National Weather Service)

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