Avoid alcohol and drugs, even in small amounts, when swimming.
Feet first, first time! Protect your neck and head – never dive into shallow or unknown water. Learn to do shallow dives. Twice your height is the safe depth of water for diving. Read more about safe diving.
Check the weather and water conditions, especially in rivers and lakes.
Identify water-related hazards (such as docks, rocks, and logs) in your community so that other participants will be aware.