River Water Safety Quick Facts
Rivers are changeable and unpredictable
Check for hazards
Upstream, downstream and where you’re swimming. Rivers contain hidden dangers such as submerged objects and snags.
Can you see the bottom? Is it deep enough for jumping or diving? Does the riverbed drop away close to the edge? Could you handle the current if you got swept away?
Establish an exit point.
It’s easy to get in but can you get out?
Notes for Teachers