What are the Risks of Swimming in Beach Water?

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Many types of irritations and infections can come from swimming in untreated water including minor skin, eye, ear, nose and throat infections and stomach upsets (diarrhea, cramps, nausea, vomiting). After heavy rain & strong winds the higher bacteria levels increase the risk of getting an infection.

Protect Yourself:
Two kids playing in shallow water at a beach.

  • Be aware of recent weather and do not swim at the beach after heavy rain or strong winds.
  • Do not swallow beach water. Swallowing beach water is the main way you can get a stomach upset. Try to keep your head above water.
  • Do not swim at the beach if you have an open sore.
  • After swimming at the beach it is best to dry off quickly and shower with fresh water as soon as you can. Be sure to always wash your hands before eating.
  • Watch for hazards such as broken glass, rocks, or other debris that may be in the water.

Before swimming always be aware of recent weather and read the signs posted on the beach

For more information and results of beach water testing check out Water for Recreation – CK Website

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