Swimming and skiing are fun and great ways to exercise. But being in the water carries its own perils.

Follow these tips to help keep you safe this summer:

  • Watch your children. A child can drown in as

little as 20 seconds. Be a water watcher and

designate someone to always watch children

or any person with special needs while on or

around the water.

  • Alcohol and water don’t mix. More than half

of all drowning deaths are related to alcohol

consumption.

  • Know your limits. Do not jump off objects or

swim farther than you should. Recognize your

limitations and stay within them.

  • Wear a life jacket. If you can’t swim or you are

on a boat, wear a life vest, regardless of age

and boat length.

  • Safe boating. Take a boating safety course at

www.wlf.louisiana.gov or www.Boat-Ed.com.

Know the law and rules of the water before

you boat. The U.S. Coast Guard reports that

the majority of boating-related fatalities

involve operators who have not received any

boating safety instruction.