Lakes & Rivers

Tips
  • Learn to swim
  • Select a supervised area
  • A trained lifeguard who can help in an emergency is the best safety factor
  • Never swim alone
  • Select an area that is clean and well-maintained
  • A clean bathhouse, clean restrooms, and a litter-free environment show the management's concern for your health and safety
  • Select an area that has good water quality and safe natural conditions
  • Murky water, hidden underwater objects, unexpected drop-offs, and aquatic plants are hazards
  • Water pollution can cause health problems for swimmers
  • Strong tides, big waves, and currents can turn an event that began as fun into a tragedy
  • Make sure the water is deep enough before entering head first
  • A feet-first entry is much safer than diving
  • Be sure rafts and docks are in good condition, with no loose boards or exposed nails Never swim under a raft or dock
  • Always look before jumping off a dock or raft to be sure no one is in the way
  • Avoid drainage ditches and arroyos
  • Drainage ditches and arroyos for water run-off are not good places for swimming or playing in the water
  • After heavy rains, they can quickly change into raging rivers that can easily take a human life
  • Even the strongest swimmers are no match for the power of the water
  • Fast water and debris in the current make ditches and arroyos very dangerous