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Water Safety Information

Compiled by Kalamalama staff

Hawai‘i means the beach and fun in the sun. But Hawai‘i’s oceans can be dangerous and turn fun into tragedy. Use care and caution for all water activities, including swimming pools, and always read and obey safety signs. They could save your life!

1. Never go swimming alone, even if you are an exceptional swimmer. Never go to the beach alone.
2. Be aware of high surf warnings and strong currents.
3. Large waves can sweep over you and sweep you off the beach and into the surf. Use caution. Watch for breaking waves. Avoid wet, rocky areas, and never turn your back to the ocean.
4. Most beaches post signs about the conditions of the ocean. Read and obey them. Strong currents may not be noticeable on the surface but can be dangerous beneath.
5. Know the various beaches on the islands and the prevailing conditions at each. Select beaches with conditions that match your skills and comfort level.
6. Swimming pools are deceptively designed, shallow at one end and dropping, sometimes rapidly, toward the deeper end. Never go into a pool alone, unless you are a strong swimmer.
7. The sun's ultraviolet radiation can cause skin cancer. Whenever you swim, use protective sun screen, preferably SPF 15 or above. Some skin experts advise you to use sun screen at all times.

If you would like to learn how to swim, call the following places for more information:

YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) 536-3556
Swimming lessons are offered for all levels—beginner, intermediate, etc.--and costs range from month to month or for a designated swim program.

YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) 538-7061
There is an annual membership fee of $30 with additional costs for adult swimmers.

Look in the yellow pages of the telephone directory under Swimming Instruction for additional places to learn how to swim.



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