Although the fish swimming around wont hurt you, some ponds and lakes may hide jagged rocks, broken bottles, or trash. Wear something to protect your feet. Also, watch out for weeds and grass, which can trap even a good swimmer. If you panic and try to yank yourself free, you may get even more tangled. Instead, shake and pull your arms and legs slowly to work yourself loose and call for an adults help.
If youre going out on a boat, always wear a life jacket. Again, the life jacket should be Coast Guard approved. Even if you are a good swimmer, something could cause the boat to tip over and you could be trapped underneath. .....
Waves can knock you down or push you to the ocean floor. Stay close to an adult or get out of the water when the waves get rough. People also get into trouble when they start to panic or become too tired to swim. Its important to know your limits, so if you start feeling tired, get out of the water and rest for a while.
In some places swimmers may encounter strong undertows or ocean currents. Rip currents also called riptides are so strong that they can carry swimmers away from shore before they know whats happening. If you are caught in a current, swim parallel to the shore alongside the shore rather than toward the shore until the water stops pulling you, then swim back to shore. If you cant get back to the beach, tread water and wave for a lifeguards help. In this situation its really important to stay calm and not panic. .....
Here are other water park safety tips:
Wear a life jacket if you dont know how to swim or if youre not a strong swimmer.
Read all of the signs before going on a ride. Make sure you are tall enough, old enough, and dont have any of the medical conditions that are listed. If you have questions, check with a parent or ask the lifeguard.
Always make sure theres a lifeguard at each ride and listen to his or her instructions. Wait until the rider ahead of you has passed a safe point for you to go down the slide.
Always go down the water slide face up and feet first. This is the safe and correct way to ride.
When you go from ride to ride, dont run its slippery! Also, remember that each ride is different. Read each sign and note how deep the water is in the pool. .....
The feet must be turned outwards during the propulsive part of the kick.
Scissors, alternating movements, or downward butterfly dolphin kicks are
not permitted except as provided herein. Breaking the surface of the water
with the feet is allowed unless followed by a downward butterfly dolphin