Water recreation is not only a lot of fun, it can also be a strenuous pastime, especially when you’re spending all day in the hot sun. Fatigue and heat illnesses can be dangerous when mixed with driving a boat or swimming. Make sure you bring plenty of water to stay hydrated, wear protective clothing and sunscreen, and don’t push yourself past your limit.
Follow the above basic safety precautions, and your water experience will be an outstanding summer memory. If you are experiencing water or marine distress, or if you witness a water or marine emergency call 911.
All of these recommendations come from the Lifesaving Society and the World Conference on Drowning Prevention. These suggestions are made based on statistical evidence and from the most common causes of water related fatalities in Canada.