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River Water Safety Quick Facts

Rivers are changeable and unpredictable particularly after heavy rainfall.

Check for hazards

Upstream, downstream and where you’re swimming. Rivers contain hidden dangers such as submerged objects and snags.

Keep looking.

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

River Features
Crossing Rivers
Supervision at Rivers
Survival Swimming
Strainer Danger
The Force of Water
Swimming in a River
Planning a Trip
Peer Pressure

Fact Sheets

River Features
Crossing Rivers
Supervision at Rivers
Survival Swimming
Swimming in a River
Diving or Jumping in Rivers
Planning a Trip

Activities

River Features
Crossing Rivers
Survival Swimming
Strainer Danger
The Force of Water
Swimming in a River
Diving or Jumping in Rivers
Peer Pressure

 

 
 
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