The New York State Parks and Recreation has released some helpful tips to ensure everyone swims safely.

As summer approaches many of us are getting ready to spend as much time as we can swimming! It's one of the best things to do during the summer months as it's not only refreshing but its also great exercise but swimming can also be extremely dangerous.

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Swimming in New York Waters

That's why every year around this time the folks at the New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation share some helpful tips for swimmers and their families to follow while they are swimming at all New York beaches, lakes, and pools.

Tip #1

The first tip suggested is to designate a "water watcher"! That person will be the one who is responsible for observing closely and constantly while anyone is swimming. They should refrain from using their phones, reading, or doing anything besides watching whoever is in the water the entire time they are swimming.


Tip #2

Never let any children swim unattended! They suggest if you're swimming with young children, someone who isn't very good at it, or a "weak" swimmer you should stay in the water with them and always offer touch supervision.

Tip #3

Always swim sober! Alcohol, marijuana, and even lack of sleep can slow reaction times and cloud judgment while swimming so it is best to have a designated water watcher who will refrain from drinking or smoking while anyone is swimming. If you can't stay alert you shouldn't supervise swimming children.

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All of the tips mentioned above are not only tips everyone should follow while swimming in public swimming facilities but also at private backyard pools.

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Signs of Trouble in the Water

There are a few signs you can look out for while swimming which could mean someone in trouble including heads low in the water, legs vertical in the water, eyes closed, or inability to focus. Lastly, if someone is trying to swim but they aren't making any progress, that could be a sign they are in trouble.

For more information and locations to swim in New York, check out New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation online here.

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