Are you planning a trip to Saco River this summer? There are plenty of water safety tips that you should keep in mind before heading out to ensure a safe and fun time out on the river with your entire family.

Here are a few safety precautions to take with you:

Avoid swimming alone

Never go for a swim alone on the river.  There are plenty of things that could go wrong during an innocent casual swim such as slippery surfaces causing you to lose your balance, muscle pull, uneven surfaces or even submerged objects that could knock you over. Although rare, these instances could potentially occur, so it’s always best to have a swim buddy come along while taking a dip.

Don’t drink and swim

Consider this: 25% of adult drowning accidents have involved some degree of alcohol. Additionally, 44% of all drowning incidents in the United States have occurred in rivers. Rivers can be very dangerous places for those who fail to take the right precautions. Alcohol is likely to impair your judgment and lead to riskier behaviors.

Wear your lifejacket

This is really a no-brainer. Not all the river canoeing and paddling will go smoothly. The boat could capsize forcing you to swim back. If you are a poor swimmer or don’t know how to swim at all, you could easily drown.  It’s always best for both adults and children to wear a lifejacket.

Learn some first aid skills

If you are going out camping by the riverside, it’s a great idea to equip yourself with some lifesaving skills in case of emergency. Being able to administer critical first aid as you wait for medical help to arrive after river accidents is essential. You never know when you may need to be relied upon to save lives.  Knowing some basic first aid skills, such as how to dress wounds properly or CPR could potentially help save a life in the future.

Know your limits

Don’t immerse yourself in situations that might put you in danger. It is important to know your limits as far as your activities on the river are concerned.  A long day out in the sun is draining, it’s important to know when your body is telling you to kick back and relax.

The most important thing to remember while on the river this summer is to have some FUN and make everlasting memories with your family!  We’re hoping that these tips will not only help you stay safe throughout your visit to Saco River Camping Area, they will also be shared throughout the community to help keep others safe as well.

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