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How do I stay safe when swimming?

Here's how you can stay safe while swimming:
  • Swim with a buddy. Never swim alone.
  • Always swim where a lifeguard can see you and in areas that are marked for swimmers to use.
  • Don't push or jump on others. You can accidentally hurt someone or yourself.
  • Don't chew gum or eat while you swim -- you can choke.
  • Wear protective footwear if surfaces are rough or rocky.
  • Don't swim close to piers or any big, wooden structure that jut out into the water. If the water moves suddenly, you could hit a piling or a rock.
  • Face the waves instead of turning your back on them so you can see what's coming.
  • When you see or hear of a storm, immediately stop swimming or boating and get out of the water. Lightning is electricity and electricity and water are a dangerous, and often deadly, combination.
  • Don't swim in the dark.

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