Buddy Up! 
Never swim alone. When people swim with a friend, they can help each other in an emergency.
Know Your Limits!
If you’re a beginner swimmer, don’t go in water that is too deep and ALWAYS wear a lifejacket while boating. 
Don’t Panic!
If you find yourself caught in a rip current, try to swim PARALLEL to shore until you can get out of the current. 
Be Careful About Diving!
To avoid head & neck injuries, paralysis, and even death, protect yourself by diving in approved areas ONLY
Check the Weather!
Before boating, be sure the weather conditions are safe. Check the internet or radio for the local forecast. 
Protect Your Skin!
Do what your mama told ya 

Check out the YMCA, The Michael Phelps Foundation, or The Red Cross for more resources.