Before Diving In: Safety Tips for River Recreation

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Written By Blue & Gold NLR Team





As temperatures rise, many people seek relief from the heat by heading to nearby rivers. However, before you jump in, it’s essential to consider some safety advice.

Corbett Fire District Chief Rick Wunsch offers valuable guidance for those planning to cool off at the Sandy River this weekend. While the river may seem inviting, with its picturesque surroundings, Wunsch advises caution, especially regarding swimming.

“The Sandy River is currently around 50 degrees Fahrenheit,” warns Wunsch. “If you feel the urge to swim, it’s crucial to wear a life jacket and enter the water slowly. The cold temperature can be a shock to your body.”

He recommends starting with a toe dip or wading in gradually before attempting to swim. This approach allows your body to acclimate to the chilly water temperature, reducing the risk of cold shock and potential dangers associated with swimming in cold water.

So, before you plunge into the river to escape the heat, remember Wunsch’s advice: take it slow, wear a life jacket, and prioritize safety above all else.

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