Things to remember when considering swimming in lakes, river, or streams
- Be sure you are water competent for natural environments before swimming
This is not your home pool!
- Always enter unknown or shallow water feet first.
Always enter unknown or shallow water cautiously.
Dive only in water clearly marked as safe for diving, at least 9 feet deep with no underwater obstacles.
Do not enter the water from a height, such as a bridge or boat.
- Watch out for currents, waves, and underwater obstructions – they are not just found in the ocean.
Be careful when standing to prevent being knocked over by currents or waves.
- Be Smart
Supervise others without distractions, such as reading or talking on or using a cell phone.
Swim with a buddy.
Be Aware of Hazards & Weather While in the Water
Whenever you are near and, in a lake, river, stream, or other natural water environment, watch and prepare for:
- Unexpected changes in air or water temperature.
- Thunder & lightning.
- Leave the water immediately.
- Stay inside an enclosed area for at least 30 minutes after the last thunderclap.
- If outside, avoid open areas, tall, isolated trees, and metal objects.
- Fast-moving currents, waves, and rapids, even in shallow water.
- Hazards, such as dams, underwater obstacles, or rocks and debris.
- Vegetation, animals, and fish.
- Drop-offs that can unexpectedly change water depth.
- Other people’s activities in the same waters, such as boating.
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