Updated: Mar 8
With the water heating up, a day at the beach or on the boat can seem like heaven, but there are dangers apparent. To stay safe while swimming you should be aware of the risks.
Rip currents - These are strong, outgoing channels of water from the beach that catch people and sweep them out to sea. They are by far the greatest threat, killing many people a year on U.S. beaches. Rip currents also account for a large percentage of beach lifeguard
rescues, according to United States Lifesaving Association estimates. If you are caught in a rip current, don't attempt to swim against it; instead, swim parallel to the beach until the current subsides, then head back to shore.
Sneaker waves - These are disproportionately large waves that result from the focused energy of many smaller waves. These waves can inflict serious injury. Seeming to arise from nowhere, these waves can quickly engulf an entire beach, knocking you down, hurling you onto rocks or jetties, or dragging you out to sea.
Swimming ability - Always be aware of your swimming ability. If you think you might not be able to handle the conditions, wear a life vest or maintain a safe distance from the water. Also, be aware of people in the water around you. Seeing someone in trouble and calling for help can save their life.
Finally, one of the most important safety tips that you should always adhere to is to never swim alone.