Swimming Safety in Lake Superior

By KBJR News 1

June 13, 2012 Updated Jun 13, 2012 at 7:07 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- The death of 13-Year-old Jeffery Watson in Lake Superior this week is a grim reminder of the dangers of swimming in the big Lake.

There are some tips the experts would like you to know before you enter these potentially dangerous waters.

Officials at the YMCA in Superior say if you're going to swim on an unmarked, unsupervised beach always take some type of rescue equipment along.

They also advocate an awareness of the swimming area including depth, what the bottom is like, and general currents.

"Be where you can touch the bottom. You have to know how far you can swim; you have to know how cold the water is, because the water effects how you swim and how you're moving."

It's recommended that you swim at a beach with a lifeguard and take some type of swimming lessons before swimming in Lake Superior.

Experts also strongly advocate against swimming alone.