to swim. This is the best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around
swim with a buddy. Never swim alone. Swim in supervised areas only.
your swimming limits and stay within them. Don't try to keep up with
a stronger skilled swimmer or encourage others to keep up with you.
"No Diving signs that indicate the area is unsafe for headfirst entries.
Enter feet first into water if you don't know the depth. Also, learn the
correct way to dive from a qualified instructor.
out for the "dangerous too's" -- too tired, too cold, too far from
safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.
common sense about swimming after eating. In general, you do not have
to wait an hour after eating before you may safely swim. However, if you
had a large meal, it is wise to let digestion get started before doing
and swimming don't mix. Alcohol impairs your judgment, balance and
coordination, especially in the water. It affects your swimming and diving
skills and reduces your body's ability to stay warm.
how to prevent, recognize and respond to emergencies. Remember to CHECK-CALL-CARE.
the scene to ensure it's safe and CHECK
the victim, CALL 9-1-1
or your local emergency number, and CARE
for the person until help arrives. To learn more about what to do in an
emergency situation, contact the Red Cross about First Aid and CPR community