Teens & Adults

  • Inability to swim

  • Poor swimming skills, or over-estimation of swimming ability

  • Swimming alone

  • Onset of fatigue, distress or heat/sun overexposure

  • Failure to wear lifejacket during boating outings

  • Beach conditions, such as rip currents

  • Misjudgment of water depth or sudden drop-offs

  • Underlying medical condition, such as seizure disorder

  • Unaware of hazards or conditions of natural water settings

  • Disregard for importance of lifeguard coverage, water safety signs/symbols and boating regulations

  • Availability of rescue equipment and knowledge of proper use

  • Use of alcohol or other substances that impair judgment and compromise safety

  • Likely to engage in risky behavior around water