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Health Tip: Heading to the Beach?
Brush up on swimming safety

(HealthDay News) -- A swim in the ocean can be refreshing and great exercise, but it's important to understand the potential dangers of rip currents before you dive in.

The American Red Cross suggests:

  • Stay calm and avoid fighting any rip current.
  • Swim parallel to the beach until you're no longer in the current. Then turn toward the shore.
  • Tread water or float if you're unable to swim until you are out of the rip current. If you can't get to shore, yell for help.
  • Avoid areas within 100 feet of piers and jettys, which tend to have longer-lasting rip currents.
  • Always check safety conditions before heading into the water.
  • Call a lifeguard for help if you see someone in distress. Or call 9-1-1.

-- Diana Kohnle

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