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Swimming Hole Safety

Finding a swimming hole or gorge is like finding a treasure. They are a great way to cool off on a hot day if you can't get to a pool, beach, or lake. You should stick to the ones that people have been to or check out this website to find a swimming hole near you.

Unfortunately many injuries and deaths result from people acting careless or just being unaware. Here are some tips so you can enjoy the crisp water while keeping safe:

  • Always swim with a buddy and let others know where you are going that day.
  • Never dive head first - you don't want to risk paralysis from a broken back or head injury.
  • Wear water shoes to protect your feet from sharp rocks or broken glass. They're also good for gripping when you're trying to walk up a slippery rock to get out of the water.
  • Never stand directly under a waterfall - as sexy as it may seem, a rock could fall on your head.
  • Don't climb above or alongside a waterfall - you could fall since the rocks may be slippery or unstable.
  • Don't put your feet or hands in places you can't see. Snakes?
  • As fun as it may seem (since "everyone is doing it"), do NOT jump from severe heights into the water since the depths of swimming holes are unpredictable.

Fit's Tips: After your swimming hole excursion, be sure to have someone check you for ticks.

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Schaianne Schaianne 8 years
I so totally agree. I went to a local spot where there was a rope swing and everyone was jumping into the water and having a great time. Well, it was MY first time and I didn't know there was a rock shelf just under the water and if you didn't swing out far enough, it was right under you. Soooo, long story short ... I jumped, didn't go far enough, and smacked the CRAP out of my ankle. Thankfully I didn't get seriously hurt ... and thankfully I didn't drown. (Which I almost did because I just curled up and tried to gasp to scream while under water) Hubby helped me out of the water - very hard to do in those type of terrains - and I limped around with a VERY bruised foot/ankle for awhile. So, yeah, they can be fun ... but very dangerous as well. And I'd like to see you add that point to your list. Even if others have found the site and you go ... educate yourself on the spot's peculiarities first!
Mickey-tee Mickey-tee 8 years
o these can be so dangerous
Mickey-tee Mickey-tee 8 years
o these can be so dangerous
Phil Phil 8 years
"Never stand directly under a waterfall - as sexy as it may seem, a rock could fall on your head."= haha, well put.
Phil Phil 8 years
"Never stand directly under a waterfall - as sexy as it may seem, a rock could fall on your head."=haha, well put.
luv_bug1211 luv_bug1211 8 years
If you want to check for depth have someone dive to see if they can feel/see the bottom with goggles. I used to work at a camp on Lake of the Woods and thats what we had to do whenever we wanted to use a new cliffjumping spot.
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