The sea and rivers can have dangerous currents and many tourists drown as a result of the combination of alcohol and swimming.
Properly chlorinated swimming pool water is generally not a problem.
Wear water shoes in the sea or river.
Do not walk on bare feet on the beach and always sit on a thick towel or mat on the beach.
Only swim in designated areas and follow the local guidelines and warnings.
Ask the local population about any dangerous currents.
Keep a close eye on children. Drowning is the major cause of death in children whilst travelling.
Do not dive into shallow or unfamiliar water.
Have a medical examination first and follow a diving course before you go diving.
Do not dive alone.
More information about safe diving.
Alcohol and drugs
Never go in the water after consuming drugs or alcohol.
Do not touch sea animals, corals or rocks.
Do not swallow water.
Wear a life jacket on watercraft and do not consume drugs or alcohol if you are sailing.
Protect yourself against the sun, because water reflects sunlight.
Disinfect any wounds thoroughly to prevent infections.