Dangers of swimming in unguarded areas


With school out and temperatures soaring, more people are taking a dip outside of designated swimming areas.

Although it’s a good way to cool off, swimming in these unguarded areas can be dangerous and deadly.

A little more than a week into summer and there have already been four drownings in western Massachusetts.

One of the risks you take when you swim in these unguarded areas, is the uncertainty of the water levels.  The water can be really shallow one day, and much deeper days later.

“There’s also currents and marine life and there could be unknown objects like logs or other things flowing down a river and you don’t realize it’s coming before it’s too late,” said Holyoke’s YMCA aquatic director Kerry Chordis. 

Chordis said that swimming anywhere with a lifeguard is always the best choice.

One Springfield College student told 22News one of the biggest dangers of swimming in a lake or pond is what lies beneath the surface.

“What scares me the most in swimming places I don’t know is what’s underneath me. I like a pool I can see what’s going on, and know nothing’s in there. Lakes, rivers and stuff I get scared about what’s underneath me.,” said Jaclyn Keefe. 

Chordis recommends that regardless of where you decide to swim, it’s important to never over estimate your swimming ability.

Many designated areas will be open in Springfield beginning Saturday.

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