New Jersey residents have no shortage of swimming areas to enjoy. Whether you prefer to visit the wave pool at the amusement pier or the local lake with your family, water safety measures can prevent serious accidents.
Review these safety tips for public swimming areas as warm weather approaches the Garden State.
Water park concerns
When you visit a water park with your family, read and abide by all safety instructions. All children below 4 feet tall must wear a life vest in a wave pool under the Wave Pool Safety Act. Avoid visiting parks without certified lifeguards. Check the facility’s safety reputation before you buy tickets.
Natural swimming area safety
When you go to a river, lake or ocean beach, only enter the water in designated swimming areas monitored by certified lifeguards. Stay away from areas with warning flags and remain at least 100 feet from jetties.
Never swim in open water more than 9 feet deep. These bodies of water carry unexpected currents and undertows that increase drowning risk. If you do get caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you can break free.
General safety tips
Never swim alone and always supervise children in the water. Teach your children how to swim when they are toddlers. Some facilities even offer baby swimming classes. Anyone who cannot swim or has limited swimming experience should wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vest while in the water or on a boat.
Following these tips can reduce the risk of drowning accidents associated with swimming in public places.