- Always swim with a buddy.
- Swim only in the areas that have a lifeguard.
- Stay out of the water when you are very tired, very cold or over heated.
- Follow all swimming rules posted at the swimming area.
- Obey the lifeguard’s instruction.
- If you can’t see the bottom of the pool in the deep end or the water is cloudy, don’t swim there.
- Avoid swimming at night in unlighted areas
- Don’t chew gum or eat while swimming, you could choke.
- don’t push shove or run near the water, horseplay can be dangerous.
- Get out of the water immediately if you see lightening or hear thunder. Lightening can strike from 10 miles away.
- Swim a safe distance away from diving boards and slides. Never swim under them.
- Never swim near a dam or boat ramp
- Avoid swimming in river currents
- Always be aware of riptides and ocean currents.
- Always assess the situation before entering any body of water.
- Always wear or be knowledgable of the locations of life-vests and life saving equipment.
RULES FOR POOL SLIDES
- Slides should be at the deep end of pools so that the entry is into at least 8 feet of water and away from diving areas.
- Go down feet first or in a sitting position. Going down head first is dangerous – you could injure your head, neck or back.
RULES FOR THE BEACH
- Always know where the nearest lifeguard stand is.
- Be sure you know the surf conditions before you get in the water. (riptides and currents)
- Check for warning flags.
- Observe danger signs.
- Swim well away from piers, pilings and diving platforms.
- Be on the lookout for dangerous marine life.
- Do not swim with or amongst any marine life. They and you could be mistaken for food to larger predators.
- If you swim out from shore, remember you have to swim back (possibly against a strong current)
- If you are caught in a current, don’t try to fight it or swim against it. You can make it back to shore by swimming away from it by swimming perpendicular to the current. (don’t panic)
- Don’t let anyone pressure you into a dangerous situation or stunt.
RULES FOR WATERPARK SLIDES, FLUMES AND WAVE POOLS
- Be sure all areas have a lifeguard.
- Position yourself carefully before you go down any slide.
- Don’t be pressured into a stunt
- In a wave pool be sure you know how deep the water will be when the wave is activated and running.