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View Diary: Rip Currents Kill. Visitors: Take the Great Lakes Seriously (104 comments)

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  •  I grew up on Lake Michigan (6+ / 0-)

    and have taken my family to visit its fine beaches every year, and while the beaches are lovely, the water can be very cold and treacherous.  All children under the age of twelve should really wear a life jacket, especially at beaches where there is no life guard. And yes, your children will complain but make them do it anyway.  Older children and adults should consider having a flotation device, a raft, a kickboard, or an inter tube tethered to their wrist, to help them stay afloat should they get stuck in a strong current. I never get in the water without a flotation device even though I can swim.  And unless you are an Olympic swimmer, stay close to shore. Just 10 yards out the water can be 10 degrees colder and can cause even a good swimmer to cramp up. And most people can have just as much fun in three feet of water as they can at greater depths, further from shore.

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