Each year, lives are destroyed by drownings or near drownings. Most cases usually occur during the summer and involve tourists unfamiliar with local surf conditions.
Don’t become a statistic. Take time now to review facts about swimming when you visit our area. Never swim alone, reguardless of the waters depth. People drown in shallow water just as quickly as they drown in deep waters. Depths and distances are deceiving. Knowing the water and what to expect before you go swimming may save your life. You may be an expert in a swimming pool, yet find yourself drowning in the surf when confronted with rip currents, sand bars and deep holes. Hidden deep spots in the surf are hazardous, especially for children. Waves can dig wide holes in the bottom near shore and you may step into one while wading in very shallow water. Or you may see swimmers standing in waistdeep water far from shore. What you do not see is how deep the water is between the beach and the sand bar a person is standing on.