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Recreational Water Illnesses: What are they?

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Recreational Activities: Swimming

Recreational water illnesses are caused by germs in water such as swimming pools, water parks, and lakes. Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week is May 23-29

Swimming is an integral part of almost all water-based activities such as snorkeling, surfing, sailing,boating, rowing, canoeing, water skiing, and Jet Skiing. It is also a competitive sport, such as synchronized swimming, triathlon, diving, or water polo events, in which individuals participate. People can swim in any body of water large enough to permit free movement, including swimming pools, oceans, lakes, rivers, springs, ponds, or streams.

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Please note: Many safety hazards can exist for recreational swimmers. For instance, swimmers can misjudge a dive and hit the bottom of a pool or lake, become exhausted, and/or experience sudden cramps while too far from shore or other swimmers. In addition, powerful waves, tides, and currentscan overpower even the most experienced swimmers. Swimmers must follow the instructions of lifeguards and obey posted information about water conditions, tides, and other dangers such as jellyfish or pollution.

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By USA.gov

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