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Water safety from swimming to boating and jet skis, to water parks

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· "Buddy up!" Always swim with a partner, every time - whether you're swimming in a backyard pool or in a lake.

· Get skilled. Learning some life-saving skills, such as CPR and rescue techniques, can help you save a life.

· Know your limits. If you're not a good swimmer or you're just learning to swim, don't go in water that's so deep you can't touch the bottom and don't try to keep up with skilled swimmers.

· Swim in safe areas only. It's a good idea to swim only in places that are supervised by a lifeguard.

· Be careful about diving. Diving injuries can cause permanent spinal cord damage, paralysis, and sometimes even death. Protect yourself by only diving in areas that are known to be safe, such as the deep end of a supervised pool.

· Watch the sun. Sun reflecting off the water or off sand can intensify the burning rays.

· Drink plenty of fluids. It's easy to get dehydrated in the sun, particularly if you're active and sweating.

· Getting too cool. Staying in very cool water for long periods can lower your body temperature. Monitor yourself when swimming in cold water and stay close to shore. If feel your body start to shiver or your muscles cramp up, get out of the water quickly; it doesn't take long for hypothermia to set in.


· Its just as important to know your skill level at the water park as it is at the pool. Take a moment to read warnings and other signs.

· If you don't know how to swim be sure to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket when necessary, and be sure there is lifeguard supervision.

· Make sure you do slide runs feet first or you'll put yourself at risk.

More people die in boating accidents every year than in airplane crashes or train wrecks, but a little common sense can make boating both enjoyable and safe.


· Make sure the captain or person handling the boat is experienced and competent.

· Alcohol and water don't mix.

· The U.S. Coast Guard warns about a condition called boater's fatigue, which means that the wind, noise, heat, and vibration of the boat all combine to wear you down when you're on the water.

· Before boating, be sure the weather conditions are safe.

· It's always a good idea for everyone on the boat to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket, whether the boat is a large speedboat or a canoe - and whether you're a good swimmer or not.

· Your state may also require that you wear an approved life jacket for water skiing and other on-water activities.

· Stay in touch. Before going out on a boat, let somebody on land know your float plan (where you are going and about how long you'll be out).


· If you're using jet skis or personal watercraft, follow the same rules as you do for boating.

· Check out the laws in your area governing the use of personal watercraft. Some states won't allow people under a certain age to operate these devices; others require you to take a course or pass a test before you can ride one.

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