There is just something about lakes that makes them very alluring. There natural element, its fishy smell and its faux beach quality, which makes it irresistible to many. However, it is important to be aware of the dangers of swimming in a lake and swimming safety. Below are a few important tips for swimming in a lakes:
1. Choose Swimming Areas Wisely
A number of larger and more popular lakes have designated swimming areas for a valid reason. Buoys are there that cordon off the swimming area to keep skiers and boaters away and the banks are safe. Additionally, the area is more shallow and has been likely selected as the safest for swimming.
In the event that you go to a smaller, less popular lake that has no designated beach or swimming area, pay close attention to any signage that relates to the rules about swimming. In a case where there is a “no swimming” sign, ensure that it is obeyed.
There are good reasons why swimming is not permitted and the rules are for your own personal safety. Typically, swimming is prohibited in areas designated for trout fishing.
While at a lake which does not allow swimming, make absolutely sure that the bank is stable and that the bottom is visible, at least two feet out; this will make you aware that it is a shallow area.
There are some bank areas which look normal; however, when foot pressure is applied, their wetland style, marsh-like nature becomes very obvious. If the banks are extremely muddy, there is immense danger and a quicksand-like effect could result when stepping in. Keep away from lake bottoms and muddy banks.
2. Gear Up for Lake Swimming
Preparation should be made for lake swimming in a similar manner as what is done before and during a day at the pool or the ocean; the preparation includes drinking water, wearing sunscreen, getting swimming diapers for the baby and wearing a big sun hat.
3. Goggles and Footwear
It is wise to make use of goggles while diving in the lake. It is nice to have the ability to see underwater and from time to time, you will even be able to see fish. More importantly, it is a safety precaution; the better your visibility underwater, the better decisions you will be able to make.
Additionally, swimming goggles which cover the nose are especially good when having fun in lakes; getting questionable lake water up into your sinuses is definitely not the most hygienic thing to, with those pesky bacteria and microbes lurking in the water. Be careful about getting the water into your mouth as well.
Proper footwear is among the necessary, non-negotiable items that will be needed for safe lake swimming. The purpose of these shoes are not for walking around on the rocky, twiggy shoreline, they will actually be on your feet while you swim in the lake.
Lake bottoms are notorious for being lined with sharp objects like fishing hooks, sharp rocks, broken glass and lures. A scratch is not the worst thing that could happen, venturing into the lake barefooted could result in a deep gash that requires stitches. There are a number of Aqua Shoes available; therefore, no reason is there to leave you feet unprotected.
Swimming around in the lake is sometimes spontaneous, in fact, that is a big part of its appeal. In the event that there is no swimsuit, take off as much of the loose clothing as possible, while remaining in the bounds of decency. There are official lake beaches that might institute “swimsuit-only” rules. It is never wise to swim in long sleeves, jeans or any type of heavy or loose clothing.
5. For Fun and Safety
It is nice to use swimming noodles while in the lake. They are safety devices and they are especially ideal for this more casual and relaxed type of swimming. It would be a good idea to keep a few of these swimming noodles in the trunk of the car, in addition to any other required accouterments that you or the members of your family might need or want, in the event that a trip to the lake could be on the agenda.