L i f e s a v i n g W a t e r S a f e t y T i p s
The Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium's many experts have compiled the best of their lifesaving advice.
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AVOID Drowning – Be Current Smart
Know Before You Go – Check the National Weather Service for forecasts about dangerous waves & currents.
Stay Dry When Waves Are High – Whitewater/waves as little as 2-3 feet high can generate dangerous currents.
When in Doubt, Don’t Go Out – Respect the power of the water and don’t take chances.
Buddy Up – Never swim alone, there’s safety in numbers.
Wear a Life Jacket – Don't just bring it, wear it.
Steer Clear of the Pier – Most current-related incidents occur near structures.
ESCAPE Drowning – Be a Survivor
Don’t Fight the Current – Even Olympic swimmers can’t overcome the power of rip currents.
Yell for Help – Call for help as soon as you realize you’re in trouble – the closer you get to drowning, the harder it will be to yell.
Flip, Float & Follow
Flip – Flip over onto your back and stay calm.
Float – Float to keep your head above water and conserve energy.
Follow – Follow the safest path out of the water – swim to the side (parallel to shore) and if too tired to swim, keep floating.
SAFELY SAVE OTHERS from Drowning – Don’t Become a Victim
Be a Water Watcher – Designate someone to watch people in the water as their sole responsibility.
Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning – Know the signs of drowning – it’s not like Hollywood with lots of yelling and waving – it’s actually subtle and silent.
Save Yourself First – Don’t become a victim trying to save someone else – only go out with a flotation device (e.g. life ring, kayak, surf/paddle board, cooler, soccer ball) and keep it between you and the victim; have someone call 911 to get more help on the way. Wear a life jacket if available.
Preach, Reach, Throw, Row – Shout to the victim that help is on the way, try to reach them with a pole or rope, throw them a floatable, get to them on a board or in a boat/kayak/canoe.