Most accidents/drownings in natural swimming places are
currents, diving and/or alcohol. Do not let carelessness or
peer pressure get you into a situation you cannot deal with.
you go, wade in gradually and check the current. Do not jump in until
you have checked both the depth AND the current first. Look
downstream - if the current is strong for a long distance or might pin
you against a large object (e.g., bluff, large rock or downed tree)
don't go in.
rivers have hidden currents below the surface - assume large rivers are
NEVER safe to swim in regardless of how calm they look.
NEVER DO THESE THINGS
(even if others are doing it):
Now go to the swimming
- Dive headfirst (paralysis, death)
- Swim alone (no rescuers)
- Drink alcohol and swim (drowning)
- Go barefoot (glass, sharp rocks)
- Stand directly under a water fall (rocks wash
- Swim in upper pools of a waterfall (you wash
- Climb above or alongside a waterfall (many