When swimming, know your limits, and know the water. Areas that are unsafe or have dangerous currents may not always be clearly posted. Remember that river and ocean currents have the potential to be swift and dangerous, which may be difficult for individuals from non-coastal areas (like Arizona) to recognize.
Additional suggestions for swimming include:
- Swim at designated beaches with clear warning systems for water hazards. An example of this would be rip currents, which can be very strong and dangerous.
- Talk with someone local about swimming conditions if you aren’t sure.
- Never swim alone or while drinking.
- Avoid leaving valuables on the beach.
- Do not dive head first into an unfamiliar body of water
- Choose boating options with caution and only travel with a reputable provider.
- Wear a life jacket