Swimming Tips

Swimming Tips from The American Red Cross

  •  Always swim with a buddy - never alone.

  • Know your swimming limits and stay within them. Don't try to keep up with a stronger swimmer and keep an eye on weaker swimmers.

  • Alcohol and swimming don't mix. Alcohol impairs your judgment, balance and coordination. It affects your swimming and diving skills and reduces your body's ability to stay warm.

  • Swim in supervised areas only.

  • Watch out for the dangerous "toos" - too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun.

  • Do not chew gum or eat while swimming. You could easily choke.

  • Obey "No Diving" signs which indicate the area is unsafe for headfirst entries. Always enter the water feet first if you don't know the depth. In addition, learn the correct way to dive from a qualified instructor.

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