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Swimming is a very popular summertime recreational activity. Sadly, preventable accidents happen each year. This page discusses safety precautions to help you avoid such accidents.
Most drownings occur in natural bodies of water such as rivers and lakes, as well as artificial ponds. For your safety, we recommend that you never swim in places without swimming infrastructure or supervision, especially if swimming is explicitly prohibited.
When you go to a public beach or swimming pool, you also have your own share of responsibilities to ensure your safety and the safety of any child you are accompanied by.
Wear a life jacket while participating in water sports activities.
If you have been witnessing an incident or accident in a swimming and wading public facility, you may notify us about it by completing the form Report an accident. This information will help us focus our actions on ensuring public safety.
In order to better guarantee the users’ safety, we advise the owners and operators of bathing places to make sure that there is an adequate exchange of information between the day camp leaders and the monitor-lifeguards, especially with regard to the number of children present and their proficiency in water, the particular features of the body of water, the safety instructions and the duty of each intervener.