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Swimming in creeks, lakes, rivers & dams

Swimming in creeks, lakes, rivers and dams

Swimming in creeks, lakes, rivers and dams is fun, but there are hidden dangers, which can cause serious injuries.

Be careful. It is not the same as swimming in a pool.

Tips for swimming in creeks, lakes and rivers

  • Check the current before entering the water
  • Seek local advice before you swim, creeks, lakes, rivers and dams can hide dangers such as submerged logs and rocks and unexpectedly strong currents, especially after rain
  • Never dive or jump into any waterhole—you could seriously injure yourself if the water is too shallow or there are submerged logs and rocks
  • Stay away from waterfalls to avoid slipping
  • Beware of boats using the waterway
  • Avoid swimming near boat ramps or in boating areas
  • Look out for crocodiles and other dangerous marine animals
Last updated
11 November 2011
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