Read and obey all rules and posted signs.
The Red Cross also urges parents to set water safety rules based on swimming ability. For example, inexperienced swimmers should stay in water less than chest deep.
It suggests paying attention to local weather conditions and forecasts, and it urges everyone to stop swimming at the first indication of bad weather.
Unless the area is clearly marked for diving, the Red Cross urges swimmers always to enter the water feet first.
Never mix alcohol with swimming, diving or boating. Alcohol impairs your judgment, balance and coordination, affects your swimming and diving skills, and reduces your body’s ability to stay warm.
It’s a good idea to stay away from drinks containing alcohol or caffeine. They can make you feel good briefly, but they end up making the heat’s effects on your body worse.
The water can be a great place to cool off on a hot day, but tragedy can strike in an instant. Let’s all be careful out there.