The Hidden Travel Risk: Drowning

When you're planning a vacation, drowning might be the last thing on your mind, but it's a big risk.

In fact, when you're traveling, you're three times more likely to drown than when you're at home. Drowning makes up 25% of all accidental deaths while traveling, so it's a serious issue.

Here’s the tips how you can stay safe

  • Always Swim with a Friend: Don’t swim alone, especially in places you don’t know well. Bring a buddy along and learn about the water where you're swimming. Knowing about hidden currents or unfamiliar sea creatures can help keep you safe.
  • Skip the Alcohol and Drugs: Avoid drinking alcohol or using drugs. They can mess with your ability to think clearly and move properly, increasing your chance of getting into trouble in the water.
  • Wear a Life Jacket: If you're going boating or doing other water sports, wearing a life jacket is a must. It could save your life.
  • Choose Reliable Operators: If you plan to dive, make sure you go with a certified and experienced instructor. Safety first! Remember, travel should be fun, but being safe is important too. By following these simple tips, you can cut down the risk of drowning and make sure your vacation memories are happy ones.


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