How to Stay Safe While Swimming in a Lake

Children kicking water in a lake on the dock

It’s time to enjoy your favorite summer activities, whether it’s hiking, going to the beach, or cooling off at your local pool. For many, swimming on the lake is the perfect activity to cool off. Before jumping into the water, there are some things to consider to stay safe out on the lake. Here are some tips on how to stay safe while swimming in a lake this summer.

Pay Attention to the Weather and Local Water Condition Updates

You don’t want to get caught in the water when a storm rolls in. Before going out, check the weather for the day to ensure sunny conditions. Also, look out for local updates about the conditions of the water. Your community most likely has safety advisories in place in case the water is choppy or dangerous to swim in.

Don’t Dive

Even if you can’t see the bottom of the water, it may be shallower than you imagine. Don’t dive into the water to avoid head injuries. Diving into the water is dangerous because of shallow water or hazardous materials, including rocks, trees, or other debris.

Follow the Buddy System

Don’t swim alone. Make sure you have a buddy to swim with in case one of you gets injured or needs help in the water.

Supervise Children

Make sure you are watching your children on the water. Avoid distracting activities to ensure your children are safe swimming on the water.

Avoid Drinking Alcohol When Swimming

The adage is to wait an hour after eating or drinking before swimming. While this is flexible, it's good advice if you are drinking alcohol. Avoiding drinking alcohol before swimming is advisable to ensure you don’t get injured while swimming.

Follow Safety Procedures

Knowing CPR could be the difference on the water if someone needs it because it can take time for emergency services to arrive. Additionally, if you are swimming off a boat, have life jackets or other Personal Floatation Devices available for use for any swimmers.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Pay attention to your surroundings while swimming. Be aware of other boats, non-swimming areas, proximity to land or other hazards, and wildlife. This could help you avoid accidents and stay safe on the lake.

Know Your Resources If You’ve Been Injured on the Water

Accidents happen. If you or someone you love has been injured while swimming on the lake, there are options for pursuing legal action and financial compensation. The attorneys at Fowler | Helsel | Vogt have years of experience working with our clients to ensure peace of mind following an accident on the lake.

Contact us at (559) 900-1280 to learn more about our services, or contact us on our website.

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