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Featured Summer Activities
Summer is here, and it is hot outside!  Close your eyes and imagine a day at the beach.  You can smell the salty air and hear the waves lapping at the shore.  Why not grab your towel and sunscreen, load up your cooler with some ice cold lemonade and head to the beach?  While everyone loves to go swimming on a hot, summer day here are a couple of tips to make sure that you have a safe and fun time:

Swim in Guarded Areas. There are lifeguard squads at nine state park beaches across the state.  Our guards are trained in lifesaving techniques.  Guards are typically on duty from 10 am through 6 pm daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Take a swimming lesson. Everyone should learn to swim at any age. Knowing how to swim can help save your life.   Consider signing up for a swimming class offered at your local YMCA branch or American Red Cross Chapter.

Parents Watch your Children.  It only takes seconds for a child to drown, and this can occur silently once they’ve gone underwater.  Please watch your children when you are in or around water.

Be Aware of Underwater Hazards. Natural swimming areas can have sudden drop-offs.  Diving and jumping into unknown waters can be hazardous.  Please be careful of these unseen dangers.

Drink Responsibly.  Excessive alcohol consumption impairs judgment and reaction ability. This can result in serious or fatal accidents during boating or swimming.  Even prescription drugs may impair judgment.

Top 9 Places to Go Swimming:

Black Rock State Park – Watertown
Burr Pond State Park – Torrington
Hammonasset Beach State Park – Madison
Indian Well State Park – Shelton
Rocky Neck State Park – East Lyme
Sherwood Island State Park – Westport
Silver Sands State Park – New Fairfield
Squantz Pond State Park – New Fairfield
Wharton Brook State Park - Wallingford

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