Swimmers must follow the instructions of lifeguards and
obey posted information about water conditions, tides
and other dangers.
For inexperienced recreational swimmers, many safety
hazards exist-even in a pool. These hazards include
misjudging a dive and hitting one's head on the bottom,
holding one's breath too long and experiencing sudden
In rivers and oceans, all swimmers should respect the
power of nature. Powerful waves, tides, and currents can
easily overpower even the most experienced swimmers,
sweeping them out beyond safety or throwing them into
coral or rocks.
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