a lifeguard: Statistics show the chances of drowning at a
beach with USLA-affiliated lifeguards on duty is one in 18
swim: The best defense against drowning. Never swim alone.
A buddy can help you if you get in trouble.
fight the current: Rip currents are narrow and flow away
from the beach. Swim parallel to the shore until you are out
of the current.
sober: Alcohol can reduce body temperature and impair
swimming ability. Alcohol and drugs also impair judgment.
board: A surfboard or body board can be a life preserver,
don't lose it. A breakaway leash will prevent entanglements
with underwater obstructions.
float where you can't swim: Coast Guard approved life
jackets are OK, but inflatable devices can fail and falling
off a raft can lead to quick drowning.
headfirst: Hitting your head on the bottom or an
obstruction can cause serious injury, including paralysis, or