Swimming in an unfamiliar spot
Remember: water is force of nature not to be underestimated!
Always guarantee yourself safe conditions by following the seven golden rules of swimming.
- Don’t go into the water in an unfamiliar place.
- Always keep someone near you, who'll keep an eye on you even at the most crowded of beaches. People accompanying you have to know how to swim to be able to help you when need be.
- Examine the bottom near the shore. The water level shouldn’t be above your chest, but also not lower than the length of your arms when supported on the ground below water.
- Rivers are not the best option for learning to swim. River flow can be dangerous and carry you away in an unwanted direction.
- You should always move parallel to the shore, never across.
- Never enter water with hot sweaty skin, but step by step. First wet your thighs, then your arms, and the area around your heart.
- You shouldn’t be in water longer than 45 minutes. This applies foremost to people learning to swim.