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  • DO NOT swim in the Wisconsin River, it has very dangerous undercurrents.

  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.

  • Always swim with a friend or friends; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!

  • Enroll in age-appropriate Red Cross water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses.

  • If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.

  • Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.

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