Florida is a wonderful state full of water attractions. Not only at the theme parks, but our almost 1,200 miles of coastline with 663 miles of beaches, as well as more than 11,000 miles of rivers, streams and waterways. While water activities are a wonderful way to stay cool and have fun, please keep safety in mind.
Water Safety Orlando Tourist Tips:
- Follow all signs when you go to area attractions; if there is a height limit, it is there for a reason, so do not try to make your child appear taller.
- If you are not a strong swimmer, please wear a life jacket. They are provided at area attractions.
- If you have health problems, follow warnings that are posted at rides & attractions.
- Any natural body of water in Florida could contain alligators. Make sure to swim only in areas designated for swimming.
- Wear safety jackets when boating/skiing.
- Don’t mix boating and alcohol.
- Do not let kids operate personal water crafts such as jet skis. These are intended for adults and require special training.
- Teach children not to dive into oceans, lakes or rivers because you never know how deep the water is or what might be hidden under the surface of the water.
- Swimming in open water is not the same as swimming in a pool; be aware of uneven surfaces, river currents, ocean undertow and changing weather.
- Actively supervise children in and around open bodies of water, giving them your undivided attention. Appoint a designated “water watcher,” taking turns with other adults.