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Donts for Swimmers

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The many drowning fatalities recorded by the during the summer seasons call for more care being taken by the average swimmer and beginners generally, and it is earnestly desired that the following don'ts for swimmers and point rs for non-swimmers be posted up in a place at the bathing place or summer re sort the reader visits, thus helping to minimize any undue risk being taken by followers of the sport : Don't bathe shortly after dining; wait at least two hours.

Don't sit in a boat or stand about undressed after being in the water.

Don't swim far after a hard day's work, or over-exertion after other forms of exercise.

Don't bathe in unfrequented or secluded parts.

Don't bathe alone if subject to giddiness or faintness.

Don't dive into the water without first ascer taining the depth.

Don't take fright if you fall into the water with your clothes on; remember, clothes float, and assist you to float. Make for the shore, swim ming with the tide or stream.

Don't swim too far out in the sea or lake un attended by a boat or an expert swimmer.

Don't take fright if seized with cramp; keep cool; turn on the back and endeavor to rub the place affected. If the leg is drawn up with pain, swim slowly with the arms only. All swim mers should practice this.

Don't swim without some recognized signal to give your fellow-swimmers, if subject to cramps, such as lifting one arm or shouting for help. Don't abuse this; leave the water as soon as pos sible.

Don't dive out of or try to get into a boat from the side; dive from the stern and get in from the stern, but only then from a boat with a broad beam.

Don't swim near dams, waterfalls, or where reeds are growing.

Don't swim without company if you have a weak heart, and only then after consulting a doc tor.

Don't swim against the stream if you come across weeds.