Tips For Staying Safe In And Around New Jersey’s Open Waters

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The rate of drowning deaths in New Jersey is 0.7 per person, according to World Life Expectancy. There is nothing quite refreshing like going outdoors for a swim or surf in the stunning wetlands surrounding one of the secret beaches in New Jersey during the hot season. But as much as water is tranquil, it can also be dangerous, especially when taking a dip in the sea or lake. Unlike swimming pools, water bodies have hidden currents, rubbish like broken glass, and the water tends to be cold and deep. That is why you must practice water safety when swimming or engaging in water sports outdoors. Here are some tips for staying safe in and around New Jersey’s open waters.

Know Your Swimming Environment

Plunging into pool holes, lakes, and rivers can be exciting. However, you risk diving into shallow ends and hurting your spinal cord or head severely. You may also jump in unknown depths where the water is cold, and hidden currents tend to drag even the most confident swimmers deeper into the surface. Therefore, evaluate your swimming terrain and avoid places with algae, high tidal currents, and warning posts. All these are signs the water body is not safe for swimming.

Don’t Swim Alone

One of the basic safety guidelines found in swimming pools is never to swim alone, regardless of how skilled you may be. The same rule applies when you want to take a refreshing dip in the open sea, lake, or river. Make it a habit to swim with friends, even in places where there is a lifeguard within reach. Swimming with buddies is a sure way of preventing drowning risk factors. Your friends will notify you of any dangers you might not see in the water and call for assistance in case of a mishap to keep you safe.

Beware of Your Limits

Swimming in open waters can be challenging due to rip tides that may pull you to the deep ends. You could also get tired quickly or have a gasp response if the water is too cold, and that can lead to instant drowning. Furthermore, you might get hit by rocks and logs or trapped by underwater weeds and plants. For these reasons, avoid swimming in deep waters or places beyond your abilities, no matter how safe the water might seem.

Surfing, swimming, and boating are great leisure activities, but your experience might be stressful if you fail to prioritize safety. As a general rule of thumb, never go swimming alone. Also, look out for potential risks, swim within your abilities, wear life jackets, and stay hydrated.

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