11Alive has launched the "No More Drowning" campaign to help keep you and your family safe in the water. The Help Desk did some digging to find the best resources and safety tips so you can stay informed while you enjoy some summertime fun!
Here are five safety tips that you should keep in mind before you cannonball into the water:
-Never swim alone! Swimming is safer and way more fun when you have a buddy!
-Stay within your swimming limits. Don't feel pressured to keep up with a stronger skilled swimmer and don't encourage less skilled swimmers to keep up with you.
-Watch out for the "dangerous too's"-- too tired, too far from safety, too cold, too much sun. Check in with how your're feeling physically and always be aware of your surroundings.
-Alcohol and water sports don't mix. Alcohol impairs your coordination, balance and judgment especially in and around water. Not only does it affect your swimming skills, but it also reduces your body's ability to stay warm!
-Check your local weather conditions before you set out on any water adventure. Because water conducts electricity, you should immediately stop swimming or boating as soon as you hear or see a storm. Plus, high winds can lead to choppy water making swimming and boating very dangerous.
If you're planning on spending a weekend at the lake, be sure to swim in the designated swimming areas only! The Lake Lanier Army Corps of Engineers provide life vests at these locations free of charge. Life vest usage is based on the honor's system so please return the vests when finished.
Life vests are also available free of charge at any of the Lake Lanier Islands sponsored attractions. Lifeguard stations are dispersed throughout Sunset Cove and Big Beach with lifeguards regularly patrolling the area. You can also find life vests at various outposts located within walking distance of these public swimming areas.
Take a look at our resource page for a complete list of safety tips released by the American Red Cross and the Department of Natural Resources. You can also find information on low cost swimming lessons in the Atlanta metro area!