Be Careful When by The Water: Summer Outing Safety Tips When Going to Bodies of Water

Now that summer is in full swing, many families are flocking to various types of bodies of water in order to picnic, camp out, fish, cook out, swim, and engage in a multitude of water-related sports and activities.Alligator Near Picnic Area

As with any outdoor activity, there are many risks associated with being in close proximity to ponds, rivers, and lakes. Of course, there is the natural risk of drowning; however, there is also the risk of being in close proximity to the wildlife that resides in and around those bodies of water.

In this guide, you will be introduced to a few measures that will optimize your safety while enjoying the great outdoors.

General Safety Measures

The following represents general safety tips that should be adhered to when visiting bodies of water – regardless of whether or not swimming will occur:

  • Everyone should know how to swim.
  • Someone should know how to perform CPR.
  • If wearing life jackets, only choose those that are approved by the Coast Guard.
  • All children should be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • You should never visit a body of water alone.
  • You should never consume alcohol.
  • When entering the water, always enter by putting the feet in first.
  • Ensure that the water temperature is suitable before entering in order to avoid shock.
  • Always keep a phone with a signal handy for emergencies.

Tips for Visiting Natural Bodies of Water

When visiting natural water sources, you should engage in the following in order to remain as safe as possible:

  • If lifeguards are present, always remain close to them for your safety and the safety of those in your party.
  • Swim in only those areas that are designated as being appropriate.
  • If the water appears to be polluted or discolored, stay away from it.
  • If you have any open cuts, scrapes, or sores, either cover them before entering the water or avoid entering the water, altogether.
  • Be aware of your personal limits. Swimming and engaging in water activities in natural bodies of water is much more different and challenging than swimming within a natural body of water, such as a pond, lake, or river.


Before visiting a natural body of water – for any reason – it is imperative that you learn all about the natural wildlife that may live in or near that water source.

In the State of North Carolina, you may come in contact or close proximity with a variety of snakes, alligators, raccoons, beavers, bear, deer, feral hogs or pigs, coyotes, skunks, birds, moles, opossums, and other creatures that are similar in nature.

You should avoid feeding and approaching the animals – especially alligators and snakes. These can become aggressive. Remember, you are in their territory, not yours. They have the advantage in the wild.

If you find that you are near a body of water with a nuisance alligator, it is important to seek out alligator removal services and steer clear of the animal. For more information, contact us today at: 855-465-1088


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