If you do not know how to swim, always wear a life jacket.
If you fall, get pushed or accidentally get near deep water, a life jacket can keep you floating on the surface until you can get help. Even strong swimmers should wear a vest in deep or rough water.
Swim with a buddy.
You've probably heard this many times, but it's worth saying again. If you get into trouble your friend can get help fast.
Always go feet first into unfamiliar water.
There could be rocks or tree stumps in rivers and lakes. Even pools can be more shallow than they look. So always check out the depth of the water before you jump in. Enchanted Forest Water Safari pools do not allow diving at all.
If you see someone in trouble, signal the lifeguard.
Don't try to rescue the person yourself--you could be pulled under the water. Wave your hands over your head to signal the lifeguard or another adult.
Don't EVER pretend you are drowning.
It wastes the lifeguard's time and may take their attention away from someone who really needs help.
Read the sign at every attraction.
Enchanted Forest Water Safari and most other waterparks post signs at every pool and every ride with very important information. The signs tell you how challenging the ride is, how deep the water is and how experienced a swimmer you need to be.
While you are at Enchanted Forest/Water Safari, Stay with a buddy.
It's a good idea to stay near people who know you and will notice if you are in trouble. If you are with a group of people, have a check-in time and place to meet. Be sure you show up on time so you won't give the adults gray hairs.
Don't let your friends tease you into something you don't want to do.
Even if all your friends are going down the parks biggest slide, don't go on it if you are afraid or feel like you can not handle it. Knowing your limitations is nothing to be embarrassed about.
Always avoid the "dangerous too's".
Whenever you are swimming, avoid the American Red Cross' "dangerous too's": too tired, too far away from friends or from safety, too cold, too much sun, & too much strenuous activity.
Make sure you always follow the lifeguard's instructions!
The lifeguards are there for everyone's safety, so respect them and listen to what they have to say.
Learn to swim!
Many places offer classes for beginners and advanced swimmers. Check your town for lessons where you live.
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