Water Safety

The following water safety tips will safeguard against injuries and contaminants while traveling:

International Travel Medicine Boy Diving into River Photo
  • Avoid walking barefoot. Walking barefoot exposes you to poisonous plants and animals, parasite and fungal infections, puncture wounds, cuts and bruises.Wear shoes at all times even when wading or swimming in the ocean.
  • Swim only in chlorinated pools and unpolluted ocean beaches.Avoid freshwater lakes and rivers.
  • Before diving into unfamiliar waters, check out what lies below and don't touch strange objects. Strong currents and submerged objects can cause injury and drowning.
  • There are usually no lifeguards at beaches in tropical and developing countries. Be prepared to help yourself or others if injured or in trouble.
  • Do not swim, wade, or walk in slow moving fresh water lakes, rivers, or streams in areas where schistomiasis is known to occur. Schistomiasis is a parasite which lives in fresh water. If you do come into contact with this parasite, dry off quickly to prevent the parasite from penetrating the skin.
  • If you must swim in a lake, swim in the the deepest portion at the center and avoid the edges at which snails are likely to breed.