Swimming Tips to Minimize Risk
Avoid Swimming-related Illness
Anyone who uses nearshore waters for recreational purposes such as swimming, scuba diving, surfing, or kayaking can be exposed to illness associated with water contaminated by sewage. The most common of these illnesses is gastroenteritis, which can have one or more of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, stomachache, diarrhea, headache, or fever. Children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are most susceptible to becoming ill.
View Current Swimming Advisories to learn if your beach is known to have problems. However, no beach is sampled daily, so it is important to use caution, even when a beach is open.
Sand can harbor contaminants
During a beach closure, water contact is off-limits, but sand contact is not. Bacteria that cause illness can last longer in sand than in water. This can put children at risk if they put contaminated sand in their mouths.
Protect yourself and your family
First, do not swim at any public beach if you are already sick or if you have a weakened immune system. Also, avoid swimming for 24 hours after a heavy rainfall or anywhere you can see discharge pipes. Finally, a few hygiene tips may help you minimize your exposure:
If you get sick
If you believe that you are sick from swimming in contaminated waters, see your physician immediately, and contact us to tell us what beach may have caused your illness.
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