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Know before you go - the basic Water Safety Code

The Water Safety Code consists of four simple rules to remember each time you venture near the water. It serves as a great starting point for planning a safe aquatic adventure. 

Be prepared

  • Learn water safety skills.
  • Set rules for safe play in the water.
  • Always use safe and correct equipment and know the weather and water conditions before you get in.

Watch out for yourself and others

  • Always pay close attention to children you are supervising when in or near water.
  • Swim with others and in areas where lifeguards are present.

Be aware of the dangers

  • Enter shallow and unknown water feet first and obey all safety signs and warning flags.
  • DO NOT enter the water after drinking alcohol.

Know your limits

  • Challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience.
  • Learn safe ways of rescuing others without putting yourself in danger.


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Know before you go - the basic Water Safety Code

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