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Swimming Safety in the Murray River

Swimming Safety in the Murray River


Water safety is paramount on and in the Murray River.

Anyone that uses the river needs to understand and be aware of the dangers.

It is always strongly recommended that children wear life jackets near and around water at all times.

  • The water is murky an there are hidden dangers.
  • If you duck dive in the murky waters you could sustain a permanent head, neck or back injury...or death.
  • You could get snagged when you dive no one will be able to see you.
  • Its recommended that you check with locals before swimming.
  • Always be aware that tree swings may either break or there could be hazards below.
  • Feel with a stick to check for snags and hazards.
  • Be aware that unfortunately people do throw things into the river including sharp objects.
  • There are different levels and parts of the river that could be deeper.
  • Currents can be strong in certain parts of the river so be aware.
  • Never jump from houseboats or bridges as people have died on impact of unseen snags or slipped and hit the edge of the boat.
  • Always be aware of craft in the river and the dangers near propellers, jet skis and larger boats.
  • If you have a medical condition please be aware of your levels, endurance and capacity to swimming.
  • Never drink alcohol and swim...seems good at the time but it could prove fatal.
  • Be aware of snakes near the river...and they can swim.

Have fun but always use caution and common sense.


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