Can open water swimming be dangerous? 🏊 How to stay safe in a river, lake, sea, or ocean? 🤔 An innocent-looking water dam that acts as a death trap, an invisible water current that pushes you into the sea, and a powerful wave that breaks on the shore. It should all be fun in the sun, but there are some real dangers lurking in the water when you’re out swimming… 🏄
Beware of sun exposure 0:37
Be very careful with inflatables 1:11
Don’t underestimate a river current 1:40
Sail safely 2:12
Beware of the risk of picking up illnesses in rivers and lakes 2:36
Know how to respond to a shark attack 3:16
Check the weather report 3:55
Be aware of the strength of the waves 4:29
Be mindful of rip currents 5:14
Don’t go near a low-head water dam 6:05
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– Just a few hours of direct sun can lead to some very unpleasant symptoms like dehydration, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke, which is a medical emergency.
– The wind can push inflatables very easily, and that’s how people have been carried away deep into the sea.
– Because some rivers aren’t so deep, they might give a false sense of security. However, they can have a fast undercurrent.
– The most important step is to have life jackets onboard that fit the passengers. If you can, wear a life jacket for the entire trip.
– Some algae can have harmful and toxic effects if touched or if you accidentally drink water containing algae. It can lead to eye and ear irritation.
– Sharks are most active at dusk, dawn, and night. They also have a powerful sense of smell, so avoid going into the water if you have an open wound.
– If you’re standing on the beach, you’ll be the tallest thing for miles. Therefore, there’s a high chance that lightning could strike you.
– Some waves break at sea, and they’re rolling gently by the time they reach the shore. But other waves break right at the shore — where all beach-goers tend to be.
– A rip current is a powerful current of water that moves from the shore into the sea. The main issue is that you can’t spot a rip current with your eyes.
– If you like to bathe in streams or small rivers, they could have a low-head dam. To give you an idea of how dangerous they are, low-head dams are also called “drowning machines.”
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