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10 Open Water Safety Tips

Lakes, beaches and rivers are popular destinations for families during the summer season. It's the best way to have some fun family time and remain cool as soon as temperatures rise but it's not without risk.

Most children in the U.S. drown in open water which includes natural bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, and oceans as well as man-made bodies of water like canals, reservoirs, and retention ponds. In 2016, open water drownings made up 43 percent of fatal childhood drownings.
 
1. Swim in a designated swimming area
2. When in doubt, get out
3. Know the conditions
4. Never Swim Alone
5. Choose the right equipment
6. Understand currents
7. No Alcohol
8. Wear USCG-approved life vest
9 .Have A Plan For Emergencies
10. Swim parallel to the shore

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