Here at RaftUp, we love everything that pertains to the water. From swimming, boating, kayaking, and just about any activity you can enjoy on the water. While being out on the water is a lot of fun, it can also be very dangerous if you don’t keep safety top of mind at all times. It just so happens that the entire Month of May is National Water Safety Month! In lieu of it being National Water Safety Month, we thought we should provide our fellow rafters with a few water safety tips! Check out five water safety tips below!

#1 Think Before You Jump

If you enjoy swimming in lakes, rivers, and streams, it’s always smart to think before you jump in because the water is not always crystal clear – not allowing you to see the bottom or how deep it is. Sure, jumping in the water from a dock or off a small cliff is a lot of fun, but before you do so you will want to make sure that the water is deep enough and there is no debris below. If you are jumping off a dock, it’s always crucial to make sure that the docks electricity is not seeping into the water. Electric shock drowning happens every year and you almost always can’t escape it if it happens to you.

#2 Swim in Pairs

It’s never a good idea to swim alone because you never know what can happen. It’s a good practice to form a buddy system when swimming so that everyone is always accounted for. Even strong swimmers drown so having that buddy system will make sure that everyone is safe at all times.

 #3 Talk to Kids About Water Saftey

If you have children that you bring around water often it’s important to teach them about water safety at a very young age and continue to remind them about how dangerous water can be. If you have a local place for your kids to take swimming lessons, it’s a good idea to enroll them at a young age so they are both comfortable and respectful of water.

#4 Know Your Limits and Capabilities

If you enjoy swimming in lakes, oceans, and rivers you know that it is much different than swimming in a pool where the water is very still. Moving water – especially in the ocean, can wear you out quickly and it’s important to always know your limits. If you start to feel fatigued, you should exit the water and take a break. It’s better to play it safe than sorry and after you take a break, you can get right back into the water and start having fun!

#5 Use Our Smart SOS Feature

Our Smart SIS is a great resource to have when you are out on the water. When you download the RaftUP App you will have a smart SOS alert and location sharing feature that can alert nearby RaftUp App users within 5 miles of your position, share incident information and your current location of with anyone added as a friend in the app. No one thinks that an emergency is going to happen to them but it does happen so having the RaftUp installed on your mobile device is a great way to have peace of mind while out on the water.

We hope that you find these water safety tips helpful for the next time you are enjoying a day outdoors! Before you head out for your next outdoor adventure, be sure to download the RaftUp App! Find your next outdoor adventure with our easy to use navigation map, try our new NOAA charts feature for coastal exploring, plan with marine & local weather, engage with our user forum, and get discounts on products and services.