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Open Water Swimming - Test your knowledge. Do you know…

That open water drownings at beaches, lakes, ponds, quarries and rivers account for roughly 43 percent of all fatal swimming incidents each year?

What a low head dam is (AKA "drowning machine")? I didn't. (See below)

What strainers and sweepers are? I didn't. (See below)

How much faster you lose body heat in cold water than in air? (25 X - 40X) I didn't.

Air temperatures may be warm but the water can be much colder causing a loss of dexterity and disorientation. Water that is 40 to 50 degrees can cause exhaustion or unconsciousness in 30 to 60 minutes.

That while, for kids ages 1 - 4, most drownings occur in pools, for those 15 and older, more than half occur in natural water?

That in boating-related drownings 86% were not wearing life vests?

That among adolescents and adults, alcohol use is involved in up to 70% of deaths associated with water recreation?

KNOW the facts KNOW the water and the risks

WEAR a life vest (We wear seat belts…)

DON’T drink alcohol (We don’t drink and drive…)


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