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  • Always wait for a guard to be in the chair before entering the water.
  • Always enter feet first in a cautious manner. This means at both the deep end and the shallow. Also make sure your fellow swimmers are out of the way. Be on the look out for scubas, turtles, catfish and other bottom dwellers.
  • Always swim with a buddy or make sure the guard knows you are by yourself.
  • If you are feeling light headed or turning blue while swimming—stop and breathe. “Breathing is good, not breathing is not good,” Dr. Kregor, Wildcat Masters.
  • Swim in the right side of the lane.
  • Trim your nails, yes toes and fingers. They really hurt the other person if you jab them.