To encourage people to stay safe during this summer when swimming, we want to share this post from the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department Facebook page. Feel free to follow the US Forest Service link below to read more about swimming tips!

“With the summer season right around the corner, we want to share information on water safety for anyone who plans on swimming in natural bodies of water–especially rivers. Check out some of these guidelines from the US Forest Service below:

  • If you don’t know how to swim, wear a life vest that meets U.S. Coast Guard requirements.
  • Do not tie yourself into safety ropes — they can drown you.
  • When crossing on a natural bridge of rocks or logs, consider where you will land if you fall. Never cross above rapids or falls.
  • If you choose to cross a stream by going through it, study the area first. Avoid deep and/or swift water.
  • If you fall into fast-moving water, do not try to stand up. The force of the water will push you over and hold you under. Most drownings result from getting a leg or ankle caught in an underwater rock ledge, between boulders or snagged in tree limbs or other debris. Lay on your back with your feet pointing downstream and toes pointing up toward the surface. Always look downstream and be prepared to fend off rocks with your feet.

For additional resources on water safety tips, feel free to follow the US Forest Service’s website:

Stay safe this summer!”